Celtics’ Stevens Not Tipping Hand on Starters
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said not to read too much into lineups this week. The Celtics plan to mix and match their talent throughout the preseason, including the four exhibition tilts they play over six days starting with Monday’s visit from the Toronto Raptors.
“I would say it’s more, we’re just looking — ‘Hey, this combination might be something that we’re more interested in,’ [or] ‘This bench combination might be something that we’re interested in,’” said Stevens. “First unit [and] second unit. The one thing I’ll probably try to do is put some guys together that we think may fit together better. Whether that means they end up starting or they end up coming off the bench, I think that’s to be determined.”
Asked if he had a starting lineup in mind for Monday’s game, Stevens said, “I’ve got a couple, but I really haven’t paid a lot of focus on it. The one thing we are, we’re probably a more even team. We have a lot of depth and there’s a lot of guys that may complement other guys better. It kind of depends on who you want to go with that would be more of the central figures and then who complements them best.”