Should Celtics consider lineup change?
ESPN Boston reports:
Celtics coach Doc Rivers has hinted at times this season that he'd consider a lineup shuffle to give his slumping team a jolt. One potential change the team could consider: Moving Chris Wilcox into the starting group alongside the Big Four.
While Wilcox's defense is a downgrade from that of current starter Jermaine O'Neal, his energy and athleticism could be exactly the boost the first unit needs. What's more, Wilcox's defensive rating is actually a career-best 98 so far this season and having the likes of Kevin Garnett alongside might aid some of his individual struggles both in pick-and-roll and post situations.
The Big Four and Wilcox lineup has logged a mere 16.4 minutes of floor time over three games this season, according to Basketball Reference, but, during that span, the Celtics have operated at a slightly elevated pace (89.4), outscored opponents (plus-9), and dominated on the glass (61.9 total rebound percentage; 84.6 defensive rebound percentage).