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Doc Rivers says the plan is for Courtney Lee to start until Bradley’s return

Sep 16, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

Courtney Lee, Paul George AP

With Avery Bradley out for a while to start next season, there is a bit of a question about whether Jason Terry would move from his traditional bench spot to a starting position. Problem is that would jack with plans to have Terry back up Rondo at point guard.

But what about Courtney Lee?

In a fascinating interview with Bob Ryan at the famed ABCD camp, Doc Rivers spoke about the various position issues over the past two years and revealed some interesting stuff. The more interesting part is discussing how there had always been plans for KG at the 5, and how Rivers wanted Allen to come off the bench last season, and Bradley’s decision really helped with that. (Not sure how Ray feels about that.) But the headliner is that the plan is for new Celtics guard Courtney Lee to start until Bradley returns, something that CSN New England had discussed earlier this week.

It sets up a solid structure for the lineup, with Terry working at combo-guard either in tandem with or replacing Rondo, and when Bradley gets back, the options only increase. Lee will get a shot at starting if he plays well enough, and Bradley can operate in a dual-combo-guard set off the bench with Terry. If Lee moves to the bench when Bradley returns, it just means more length and athleticism off the bench (an issue in Boston over the years).

The Celtics will have options. And provided everyone buys into their rah-rah “one for all all for beating Miami” team concept, who starts doesn’t matter. The finishing lineup, though? That’s going to be fascinating to track.


  1. dysraw1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    boy these guys are so deep Doc is not going to know what to do. they will be a div. winner unless something crazy happens

  2. manotas211 - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    They still won’t be able to beat the Heat in a 7 game series. I still take the76ers over them. The Celtics are and will always be to arrogant. Even after all the pieces they put together they still can’t handle the Heat. I just want to see if Garnett, Pierce or Rondo will congratulate the Heat after they get beat. They showed no class after they got eliminated. Celtics suck.

  3. passerby23 - Sep 17, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Terry, Green, and Lee could all be starting on other teams and they will be coming off the bench. Throw in Sullinger and Wilcox, an occasional Joseph and Dooling and there is no team in the NBA with their depth. On paper, they are 2nd in the East.

  4. pukpokito - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    I still think the Celtics are a starting 7 footer away from the Finals.Granting all goes well and they unexpectedly(but possible.This is basketball)beat Miami.HOw are they going to guard Howard(the lakers are pretty balanced in their starting 5 with depth)at the 5 or even the Thunder? You can only do that if you put a working 7 footer with Garnett in there. Sully is inexperienced and Bass can be compromised(at 6’8″) as he more effective in the perimeter in offense and does not get anybody in foul trouble(forced or unforced) inside.
    That being said I like the Lee signing best.Terry off the bench is great.GM Ainge might want to use Bradley & Bass as a trade to get that 7 footer.

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