The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy reports:
The Celtics’ starting lineup is going to be a non-issue this season, according to the man who will do the juggling.
C’s opening night:
Doc Rivers decided to keep the starting five who take the floor for tonight’s season opener against the New Orleans Hornets under lock and key yesterday.
“I know what it is, but I want them to like each other for one more night,” said the Celtics coach. “As (Chuck) Daly once said, ‘You want to see seven unhappy people, I’ll show you the guys who aren’t starting.’ ”
Considering that the Celts may be more moldable, according to matchups, than even last season, tonight’s lineup could be quite different from the one that steps out against the Pistons on Friday night.
New Orleans, as opposed to Detroit, could well be a team that provides a good early test for Rivers’ smaller combinations. Considering the presence of outside-oriented players like forwards David West and Peja Stojakovic in the Hornets’ lineup, that could be a good match for Ryan Gomes, an athletic but undersized power forward.
“I think we can go smaller, anyway, regardless of who the team is,” said Rivers. “But yes, this will be a good team to test that, but when we go small it’s not going to matter who the other team has in there.”
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