After missing practice yesterday, Dooling was back in Waltham today for the C’s shootaround as they prepared for Game 7 tonight. Here’s the full note from our friend Greg Payne over at ESPNBoston:
Celtics guard Keyon Dooling participated in Saturday morning’s shootaround after missing Friday’s practice due to illness, but will be a gametime decision for Saturday night’s Game 7 of Boston’s Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Saturday morning’s shootaround consisted of a brief film session followed by a run through of halfcourt offensive and defensive sets.
CH’s Take: Without Dooling at full strength, the question presents itself on whether Doc will dive deeper into his bench for Game 7, with his numbers limited in the backcourt already. I’ve heard some pining around the Internet for the likes of E’Twaun Moore, who would be the best fit in this case to replace Keyon’s spacing on the floor. However, I would be shocked if Doc goes to a rookie who hasn’t seen meaningful postseason minutes so far in a situation like this. Instead, look for the trio of Rondo, Allen and Pietrus to be leaned on heavily, if Dooling is unable to perform. I presume we will see him out there trying to gut it out for a few minutes anyway.
The other question for tonight may be if Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus continue to struggle at times on both ends of the floor, whether Marquis Daniels or even Sasha Pavlovic (for his three-point range) get a chance. Daniels saw a couple minutes in Game 6 in the fourth quarter and provided incredibly useful minutes during Boston’s shorthanded Game 2 win in Atlanta. Will Doc turn to Daniels tonight? I wouldn’t be shocked to see it.