Rivers confident in Celtics rotation

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Rivers confident in Celtics rotation

HARTFORD, Conn. Even as Doc Rivers continues to go all mad scientist on the Boston Celtics roster with his ongoing mixing of different player combinations, it's pretty clear that he has a nine-man unit in mind that he's quite comfortable playing consistently.

"We know what the rotation is," Rivers said. "We practice it enough. We're not that concerned by it."

In Saturday's 98-95 overtime loss to the New York Knicks, Rivers had Brandon Bass back in the starting lineup in place of rookie Jared Sullinger. But he kept Jason Terry in with the first unit ahead of Courtney Lee who got the start in Boston's first preseason game in Turkey.

Bass and Terry, joined by the Celtics' usual starting trio of Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, was Boston's third different starting lineup in as many games.

Meanwhile, Boston's bench rotation consisted of Jeff Green, Darko Milicic, Courtney Lee and Sullinger.

"They all played well," Rivers said.

Especially in the first half which ended with the Celtics ahead, 50-42.

All four of Boston's backups had a plusminus ratio of at least 5.

"They did a great job defensively and that allowed them to get some easy baskets in transition," Terry said. "But again, we're just building now. Everybody is trying to find a rhythm at this point."

Green echoed similar sentiments following the loss.

"No matter who is on the bench, we know what we gotta do," said Green who had 12 points. "We watch the game, we see what we have to do, what we have to bring."

And that job is easier when there are not only a number of threats on the floor, but also a team filled with players who know and accept their roles wholeheartedly.

"No matter who it is," Green said. "We're going to come in and do our job."

Blakely: Celtics trying to get No. 7 pick to trade to Knicks

Blakely: Celtics trying to get No. 7 pick to trade to Knicks

With the Knicks and Celtics having yet to find common ground on a trade for Kristaps Porzingis, it appears the C’s are trying to add to their stable of draft picks in order to facilitate an agreement. 

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ESPN’s Ian Begley reported Thursday afternoon that Boston was offering a pick it had yet to acquire, with CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely following up that it’s the seventh overall pick. The C’s already have the third overall pick. 

The NBA draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m.

Reports: Celtics engaged on Porzinigis trade talks but asking price is 'massive'

Reports: Celtics engaged on Porzinigis trade talks but asking price is 'massive'

In the hours leading up to the draft, the Knicks continue to talk to teams -- including the Celtics -- about a trade for Kristaps Porzingis but are seeking a "massive" return, according to multiple reports. 

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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical reports that the Celtics are among several teams so far unwilling to meet the Knicks' price.

Knicks president Phil Jackson is said to covet Kansas forward Josh Jackson in the draft, who many have speculated the Celtics could take with the No. 3 pick. CSN Celtics Insider Sherrod Blakely, on the Toucher and Rich this morning, proposed a potential C's package of tonight's No. 3 pick, next year's Brooklyn pick, Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown as a potential haul for Porzingis. 

Marc Stein of ESPN reports the Celtics "remain in pursuit."

But Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe and Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald are skeptical anything will get done:

Frank Isola of The New York Daily News says it's "the moon and two Brooklyn picks," i.e. the haul Blakely proposed - this year's No. 3 and the 2018 first-round pick from the Nets that the Celtics own from the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett deal, Brown and Crowder. Also, the Celtics taking on the remaining two years (at more than $18 million per) of Joakim Noah's contract from the Knicks could factor into the deal.