Wilcox sits against Cavaliers, stays positive

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Wilcox sits against Cavaliers, stays positive

BOSTON -- Doc Rivers wanted to change things up, so he looked to the paint and swapped out his starting center.
On Wednesday, Rivers shifted Kevin Garnett to the power forward spot and inserted Jason Collins at the five in the starting rotation. The Celtics were going for size against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which in this case left forward-center Chris Wilcox as the odd man out. He was a DNP (coach's decision) while Collins played 23 minutes, Garnett played 31, and power forwards Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger played 27 and 15 minutes, respectively, off the bench.
At the end of the game, Wilcox was more concerned with the end result. The Celtics snapped their three-game skid with a 103-91 victory over the Cavaliers.
"We went with JC tonight," Wilcox said of Collins. "JC, he had a great game. Sully, B. Bass did too. We won, so he (Doc Rivers) doesn't have to say anything to me."
Wilcox is averaging 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13 minutes per game after undergoing season-ending heart surgery last March. He also fought through back spasms this fall, determined to return to Celtics and contribute to their front court.
The 30-year-old big man picked up where he left off last season with Rajon Rondo as a duo who could run the fast break together, often the recipient of Rondo's alley oops. He understands his style may not be what the Celtics are planning for every game.
"We all bring different things to the table," Wilcox said of the Celtics bigs. "Doc said he's changing things up, he wants to see some different things, so that's what it was. I'm a more running-the-floor-type player. Sully and B. Bass are more like pop players. It's different views out there when I'm on the court and when they're on the court, but at the same time, we all bring something different to the team. Tonight we might need this and tomorrow we might need something else. We just take it one day at a time. We've just got to feed off this win we got tonight."
Wilcox sat at his locker and laughed with neighboring Jason Terry, Jeff Green, and Brandon Bass after the game. The win over the Cavaliers was about the team, and Wilcox will stay focused for the next one.
"You've got always stay ready so you then you don't have to get ready," he said. "Things will work out."

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rough start for Al Horford

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rough start for Al Horford

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons in which the Celtics lead 54-50.

 

STARS

Isaiah Thomas

At the half he led all scorers with 16 points coming on 6-for-10 shooting from the field.

Reggie Jackson

The former Boston College star has been a main cog in the Pistons’ offense tonight, leading them with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting with five assists.

 

STUDS

Marcus Morris

He was relatively quiet most of the first half, but came up with a last-second 3-pointer that sent the Pistons into the half with some momentum to cap off a 15-9 run to end the quarter.

Jaylen Brown

Boston is looking for a steady No. 2 scorer to compliment Isaiah Thomas, and Brown was that guy throughout most of the first half. He finished with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting to go with three rebounds.

Amir Johnson

The former Piston looked very much at home around the rim in the first half, scoring just four points but grabbing seven rebounds in addition to dishing out two assists.

Andre Drummond

He had six points and six rebounds in the first half, but didn’t really dominate the way you would expect from the best big man in the building. Boston didn’t give him too many looks at the basket, and when they did they fouled him. He went to the line for five free throws in the half, and missed all of them.

 

DUDS

Al Horford

Boston has made getting him the ball tonight a priority, and the four-time All-Star is simply not finishing off plays. Credit Detroit’s defense which has contested most of Horford’s shot attempts. That said, he has to deliver more offensively than the two points he scored while missing eight of his nine field goal attempts.

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

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Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.