Defensive matchups could not be too much a priority if Pablo was gonna start, I suspect Zones and Trap D
If Woody goes to a lineup for one on one D then Q Rich is better than White...not saying either should start or even play this series but Q Rich will do better than White
Again neither has earned a right to play but if they did play expect no more than 12 mins and Q will give more not to mention the intimidation factor
But again if Pablo is out Kmart at 4 makes most sense
Melo would get Green in foul trouble and Shump can hold Pierce at this stage. Tyson keeps Garnett in check (although he's not a scorer anymore and Bass is shutdown by KMart
Also, Woodson has all but guaranteed that Melo would start at the 4. He's also said that he expects Melo (not Shump, tho he didn't mention him) to guard the other team's best player (AKA PP). I suppose all of this means he's going to start Copeland, who is also a matchup problem for the celts, at the 3 with the Brandon Bass assignment.
I see two evident downsides to this:
1- Pierce really knows how to get a player in foul trouble, specially Melo.
2- Copeland is a liability in terms of ball handling. He turns the ball over often and that could ignite the Boston team early in the game.
All in all, I do think it is the best choice.
Man, I can't wait any longer!!!!!!:gony:
In the Boston series
In the Pacers series
Knicks win both series in 6 games
What Boston got.........
Doc Rivers 9+ Man-rotation using a 3 PF lineup for defense or 3 guard lineup for offense
6.10 DJ White