Is Moore ready to step in for Celtics?

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Is Moore ready to step in for Celtics?

With Rajon Rondo suspended for tonight's game, and Ray Allen down for the count with his sore anklesomewhat terrifying OCD, Doc Rivers doesn't have very many options in the back court.

Avery Bradley and Mickael Pietrus will get the start, with Keyon Dooling getting some run at the point, Sasha Pavlovic playing a few minutes at the two-spot and Paul Pierce chipping in as a point forward of sorts. In other words, it won't be pretty.

However, there is one wild card: E'twaun Moore.

Last week, in light of Allen's injury and not realizing he'd be without Rondo, Rivers hinted that he'd be willing to go with Moore (who averaged only 8.7 minutes a night in the regular season) at some point in the playoffs. And he appeared confident that Moore would play well.

ETwaun, who no one talks about, hes going to play in the playoffs somewhere and help us in a game," Rivers said.

So maybe tonight will be that "somewhere" for this somewhat anonymous second-rounder to rise from the ashes and give Boston a lift. Or maybe he'll never take off his warm ups. Either way, it's times like this when you wish that Rivers was a little more lenient and open to using his younger players in the regular season.

Between injuries and the general craziness of the schedule, there were plenty of times when Rivers could have snuck in a few (or more) extra minutes for E'Twaun Moore, made him comfortable playing with this teammates, and more importantly, made those teammates more comfortable playing with him.

Instead, and as usual, the rookie road the bench. Moore played more than 20 minutes in a game only five times, and two of those were the second- and third-to-last games of the season, when no one else was out there. He played more than 10 minutes in a game only 13 times.

Tonight, he could be out there with everything on the line.

Let's hope he's ready.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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