BOSTON — At this point in the season, there's little that the Celtics players can do that coach Brad Stevens hasn't seen yet.
But Joel Anthony remains a relative mystery.
He is the one player that Stevens has said on more than one occasion in the past week or so, that he would like to see more of in games.
Still, working him into the team's big man rotation has been easier to think about than implement.
The four bigs that Stevens has relied on of late are Kris Humphries and Brandon Bass as starters, with Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger coming off the bench.
All have had moments of strong play this season, although you wouldn't know that by the way the Washington Wizards stomped the Celtics, 118-92, on Wednesday night.
Stevens has said he would turn to Anthony if the opportunity to get him on the floor came about. But Stevens will not play Anthony just for the sake of putting him on the floor.
"One thing I'm not going to do is force that," Stevens said
Wednesday was a night when Anthony's services were needed, one in which Wizards center Marcin Gortat had his way at the start of the game by dominating Boston's big men.
Anthony showed some signs of faring better, but not enough to make a significant dent in Gortat's dominance or that of the Washington Wizards.
By no means is Anthony the answer.
Still, Stevens is spot-on when he talks about wanting to at the very least get a better look at Anthony to see if he can at the very least, provide some help for Boston in the paint now and potentially going forward.
It remains to be seen if the 6-foot-9 center's season-high 13 minutes on Wednesday was an aberration or if it was the start of more consistent minutes.
One thing is clear.
Stevens isn't going to play him unless he sees Anthony helping more than the team's current big man rotation.
"We're going into every game and we're going to put our best foot forward to try and win the game," Stevens said. "And right now, I feel all four bigs are giving us something and playing well. But Joel is not far from those guys."