Celtics still looking for 'go-to guy'

Celtics still looking for 'go-to guy'
November 2, 2013, 3:00 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — Near the end of close games, the Boston Celtics have been a predictable bunch for years.

Get the ball in the hands of Paul Pierce, and let him do his thing.

At times it worked.

Other times, not so much.

But having a player charged with making the right end-of-game play, is a luxury the Celtics no longer have.

This was among the many challenges to surface in Boston's 105-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

"That's part of who we are," said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. "That's OK. I don't think that we would be able to say,  'this person will be the go-to guy every single night.'"

With Rajon Rondo still out indefinitely while recovering from a torn right ACL injury, the logical player to carry the Celtics in the latter stages of games would be Jeff Green.

While Green certainly has shown the ability to carry Boston at times, he puts the onus on who gets the ball down the stretch on Stevens.

"If he (Stevens) tells me to get the ball, I will get it," said Green who had 13 points against the Bucks but missed all five of his fourth-quarter shots.

In Boston's 105-98 loss to Milwaukee, they too are a team in search of a go-to kind of player.

On Friday night, that was Zaza Pachulia who had a game-high 20 points who scored six of Milwaukee's last eight points.

Gerald Wallace doesn't believe the Celtics need to have a go-to player.

"To me, they're easier to guard," Wallace said. "You just zone up on them. My main thing is, if you can execute your offense, get what you want out of your offense, that's your go-to play."

Said Stevens: "I think numerous guys can make that shot. But it takes a special group to wrap their arms around that and get there."

And the realization of who that player or players are, isn't discovered quickly either.

"It usually doesn't happen in the first month of the season," Stevens said. "It usually happens over time. Usually it's a case of matchups. And usually it's a case of guys coming together and deciding we have to get our best look. And if our best look is our third option, we trust he'll knock it down."