BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Celtics have a new game for you to play this season.
It’s called “Guess Tonight’s Lineup” with host Doc Rivers, and you’ll have three options to choose from.
Actually, Rivers is the only one that will be picking and choosing — 82 times this season. On Friday, the Celtics head coach said he plans on using at least three different starting lineups this season.
“I do believe we will start more than one starting lineup this year. That’s something I haven’t done unless we were bad,” Rivers told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz on Friday. “This year, I know of three lineups we’ll start.”
The Celtics played around with their starting five a bit during the preseason, with Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett the mainstays. Courtney Lee will get the start at the two, leaving Rivers with three players to rotate at the four.
“It’s not that big a change, just one position,” said Rivers. “Jeff (Green) at four, Brandon (Bass) at four or Jared (Sullinger) at four; I’ll change it game to game depending on how we’re playing.”
Green has looked great as he comes back from missing all of last year due to a heart condition. And while Bass did his best to remain in starting five (after starting in the second half of last season and into the playoffs), Sullinger has impressed everyone with a strong summer league and preseason.
So while the heart of the lineup will stay the same, expect to see a different lineup each night for Doc Rivers and the Celtics.