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Early Christmas Gift! Pavlovic Likely To Start vs. Knicks

Yes, Pavlovic did play for the Hornets last year.

Happy Holidays to all you CelticsHubbers out there. With the regular season opener approaching, Doc Rivers has reached into his stocking early with the news that Sasha Pavlovic will likely get the start at small forward on Christmas, with Paul Pierce still looking doubtful with a heel injury. (ESPNBoston:)

“Most likely,” Rivers said Friday when asked whether Pavlovic will start in lieu of Pierce. “We’ve [run him with the starters] this week so he can get a feel. We could change our mind on that one, but I would say most likely.”

Previously, Rivers had discussed the possibility of giving Marquis Daniels the Sunday start if Pierce can’t go, but on Friday he expressed a desire to keep Daniels with the team’s second unit.

“I would love to keep the second unit intact, as much as I can,” Rivers said. “I think they feel each other, and I think Marquis really helps, especially if we go with a 5-man second unit. I don’t know if we’ll do it or not, but it just really helps the team.”

All joking aside, I really like this move by Doc. As we all saw Wednesday night, the second unit offense is in dire need of some offense. Taking Marquis Daniels off that unit only compounds that matter further, since he is more capable of putting up some quick post and cutting points than Sasha at this point in his career.

To the same point, Pavlovic’s deficiencies are better hidden with Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal having his back, as opposed to Bass and Wilcox. That’s something that is desperately needed against the likes of Carmelo Anthony.

All in all, this will likely be a one-game experiment with Mickael Pietrus likely on the way and ready to suit up early next week and Pierce hopefully on the mend. For now, Doc cuts his losses and does a better job of maintaining balance between both units.

A full preview of tomorrow’s tilt on the way later today, as well as the latest on Pietrus.

  • Dave Bird

    This will only help the Knicks. Sasha has no place starting on any NBA team. Hurry up, Pietrus!

  • I_Love_Green

    And on Tuesday we get to play the Heat. Sasha going up against Lebron? Uh oh…

  • red

    is pavlovic on this team next week or do we release him and sign Pietrus and House

    • red

      or Pietrus and nate

    • OKCeltic

      I'd rather the Celtics use Moore/Bradlet rather than bring back either House or Nate. The talk about bringing back guys from the past needs to stop. There were reasons why they were let go or not signed in the first place. Don't suspect those reasons have necessarily gone away.

      • OKCeltic

        I meant Bradley.

      • Morpheus

        Agreed, we need to stop bringing in these has beens. This is a sure sign of a season going down the drain.

        • red

          I agree as well was just curious what others thought

  • username234

    Last year Pavlovic showed nothing, I have no idea why the Celtics retained him.

  • Morpheus

    This is the worst christmas present EVER.

  • Morpheus

    Seriously this sucks. Apparently there's a NEW category on the betting system called "Will Pavlovic make a damn difference" i got $100 on NO he won't.

  • ElRoz

    What Christmas present?
    That Pierce is out and will likely miss parts of the season with this injury (how did he get it, by the way?), not just the opening game, but in Miami, and on and off through the season and possibly playoffs?

    The Hub seems to have had nothing to write about this time and so just recycled the info we all knew for the last 4-5 days.

  • -JP

    Trying to spread a little Christmas cheer, as long as Sasha, focuses completely on defense and doesn't screw anything up… Nope never mind, he has to guard Melo and LeBron in games one and two, he's a dead man walking.

  • Batman

    Going to the game tomorrow!
    Hopefully we get a big win
    But Sasha gives me no confidence

  • brobb7

    Just to clarify guys, the headline was a joke, trying to have a little fun there. While Sasha will likely struggle, it's also important to know he's a better player than we saw last year. Don't expect much, but don't expect nothing either after getting more comfortable with C's system.

  • I_Love_Green

    Pietrus is a Celtic!

    • Batman

      AIR FRANCE

    • someguyinsac

      Now THAT'S a Christmas present!!! đŸ˜‰

  • VK28

    hate all the "experts" predicting… i believe in Celtics!!!