2010 NBA Finals: Boston Celtics Stars on Bench Not a Good Sign

June 11th, 2010 by Brian Chappatta Leave a reply »
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers' gutsy decision to keep his bench players in at the end of a pivotal Game Four ended up paying off Thursday night.

But heading into the last leg of the 2010 NBA Finals, it's not a good sign for the Celtics that their bench outperformed their starters.

Or that the starters asked Rivers to stay on the bench down the stretch.

"Hell, (Rajon) Rondo and all of them were begging me to keep guys in. 'Don't take them out. Don't take them out,'" said Rivers, according to ESPN.com. "It was great. That was the loudest I've seen our bench, and it was our starters cheering from the bench. I thought it was terrific."

That might be what Rivers tells the public, but internally he can't be pleased with using his reserves to finish off the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four and even up the series 2-2.

Arguably, more than any other sports league, the NBA is all about star power. The fact that the Lakers and Celtics are squaring off in The Finals only proves that point.

Kobe Bryant. Pau Gasol. Lamar Odom. Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett. Ray Allen. Rajon Rondo.

Those are the players who will ...

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