Doc tells the Herald he made a mistake playing Pierce all but 18 seconds against Detroit:
“That was a bad job by me,” Rivers said the day after exposing Pierce to all but 18.5 seconds against Detroit. “I’ve got to get him out no matter what, even if we’re losing the lead.”
And how did Pierce feel after the game?
“I probably played too much last game,” Pierce conceded yesterday. “I felt it after the game and today.”
Some interesting news, though: It sounds like we’re going to see more of Giddens and Walker in the next few games, at least until they play poorly for a stretch and Doc gets restless.
“On those nights right now we’re going to have to go with either Billy (Walker) or J.R. (Giddens) to give us three or four minutes until we get Tony (Allen) or Scal (Brian Scalabrine) back.”
Also per the Herald: Steph looked tired after a big-time practice Monday. He’s talking the talk about defense, though:
“It was a hard practice today defensively. Defensively this team is amazing. They work at it. They get after it. That’s what it’s about. That’s why they won the championship.”
And here’s the Truth on breaking in the new guy(s):
“I think he got a chance to see how we practice, how we get in here early, get our shots up, how we lift the weights – our preparation.”
In that piece, the Herald’s Steve Bulpett calls for the C’s to get out in transition more–in part to help Marbury score more effectively. On TV, the home announcers often urge Rondo and the starting unit to get out and run more. Something to watch for, I guess.