Wallace emerging as C's leader on the floor

Wallace emerging as C's leader on the floor
October 31, 2013, 10:30 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — Gerald Wallace has set the tone as the Celtics' on-the-floor leader whose name isn't Rajon Rondo.

He has done it with words and in the opener at Toronto, it was evident in his actions.

If there's any doubt about how serious Wallace is about his selfless, Ubuntu-like approach to the game, take a quick look at his stat line from Wednesday night.

Wallace played 40 minutes, more than any Celtics player and took just one shot from the field.

He also had four steals and a pair of assists.

And like most of teammates, Wallace's turnovers were plentiful with him leading the way with five.

Still, the most telling statistic for Wallace was the fact that of the 10 players coach Brad Stevens used against the Raptors, they all took at least two shots from the field, except for Wallace, who was the Celtics' leading scorer in the preseason.

Scoring has never been one of Wallace's strengths, and it certainly isn't expected to be with the Celtics this season.

Still, all would agree he has to contribute more offensively than just three points a night.

But Wallace has been around the NBA long enough to not put too much stock in one game, let alone the first game of the season.

"The first game," Wallace said, "you don't really know what to expect."

But when it comes to Wallace, the 6-foot-7 veteran is very consistent and predictable.

He is going to play hard defensively.

He is going to make plays.

And more than anything, he is going to do whatever he can to help the Celtics position themselves for success.

When it comes to him becoming more of a scorer, Stevens puts some of the blame on himself.

"I need to do a better job of getting him the ball through sets and those types of things," Stevens said.

However, Stevens understands that Wallace is a smart enough player to embrace those opportunities while balancing it out with what's best for the Celtics on the floor.

"Gerald Wallace is at the point and the stage in his career, and I don't know if he's always been there or not, but he just wants to win," Stevens said. "He just wants the team to do well and I really appreciate that. He shot once and it didn't affect how he played."

Which is exactly what you come to expect from your on-the-floor leader whose name isn't Rajon Rondo.