C's Wallace not happy with not starting

C's Wallace not happy with not starting
November 6, 2013, 8:00 pm
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BOSTON — In his short time in Boston, Gerald Wallace has been brutally honest on anything and everything related to the Celtics roster.

So when coach Brad Stevens elected to take him out of the starting lineup and insert Jordan Crawford, well, let's just say Wallace wasn't overly thrilled about being relegated to sixth man status.

And yes, he had something to say about it.

"I don't really know what to think," Wallace told CSNNE about the lineup change. "Like I said, I don't know my role. I don't know what's going on. I just go; when they ask me to play, I'll play. We'll just go from there."

Wallace sustained a bruised right knee in Memphis on Monday, but that appears to have nothing to do with the lineup change.

Prior to the game, Stevens said Wallace would be available to the Celtics off the bench Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz.

While Stevens informed Wallace of the change prior to mentioning it to the media, Wallace had a different interpretation of their conversation.

"Talked? Talked to me about it? No. He just told me I was going to the bench."

In Stevens' defense, it was clear to anyone who has seen this team play in its first four games - all losses - that a change had to be made.

And of the starting five, moving Wallace to the bench and inserting Crawford made the most sense.

Of the players who have come off the bench in the first four games, no one was more deserving to be a starter than Crawford.

His insertion with the first group fills a much-needed void at the point guard position.

In addition to averaging 9.8 points per game, he is the only player with a better than 2-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.

In addition, going with Crawford as a starter allows the rest of the first-unit players a chance to play their more natural positions which in turn has them playing to their strengths rather than trying to fight through their weaknesses.

And Wallace, who has been a high-energy type player for years, will be called upon to provide a much-need spark off the bench.

Aware of this, Wallace still seemed uncomfortable with the change.

"I don't really know," he said when asked about being a spark off the bench now. "I don't really know what to expect. We'll find out tonight."