Brad Stevens doesn’t see the big fuss over who’s in the Celtics starting lineup – ‘inconsequential’
As it turns out, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens does not put too much emphasis on his starting five. He’s more of a rotation kind of guy, and this is exactly what he expressed when asked about his team’s starting lineup in a recent media interview.
The recent departure of Gordon Hayward and the injury of Kemba Walker leaves a couple of openings in the team’s starting five, but at this point, coach Stevens hasn’t exactly made up his mind just yet:
“We are very much in evaluation phase,” Stevens said Wednesday, via MassLive’s John Karalis. “I know it’s a question you have to ask and I know it’s something that everybody talks about but starting is so often inconsequential to what happens throughout the whole game. I think starting the second half has an even bigger impact.
“Unfortunately, it’s such a big talking point and it’s been made into such a big deal by everyone where I think what we are trying to do is just find how it best fits together. Obviously, the guys that are most impactful to winning will play the most. Whether that means they are starting or not, I don’t know.”
Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart are three guys that should get the nod to start in their respective positions, but beyond that, it remains unclear at this point. Newcomer Tristan Thompson should eventually start at the five once he recovers from his injury, but until then, Daniel Theis figures to be the team’s starting center.
Whatever the case may be, coach Stevens made it clear that beyond the Celtics’ starting five, he takes a more comprehensive approach as to the lineup he fields on a game-to-game basis.