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Why Marquis Daniels is so important

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  November 12, 2009 12:11 PM

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Doc Rivers has said it so many times, we've stopped counting. But having Marquis Daniels is a big deal.

In a very simple analysis, he played 21 minutes, scored 10 points handed out three assists and pulled down three rebounds last night against the Jazz and the Cs won 105-86. He missed the New Jersey game and the even though the Celtics pulled a win out, they had to scrape it together.

But Rivers was the first person to admit Daniels was missed in Jersey. The Celtics didn't have his ball-handling or his defending and without him, Rivers had to be creative about lineups. Eddie House was on the ball, obviously, but down the stretch Paul Pierce became a de facto point guard. A lot's been made of Daniels the utility man, but seeing him back on the floor, running the point, playing off the ball, getting to the paint at will, and getting to the free throw line was a reminder of all the things he's able to do.

And when you ask Daniels about it, he makes it sound so simple.

"The guys have been making it easy for me," Daniels said. "There’s not much I have to do, just go out there and try to do my job and when the starters come out we don’t lose the lead and try to gain if we can."

He played the veteran role well in Indiana, and fits in easily in the Boston locker room. But on the floor, he's a difference-maker.

"I don’t even think you all have seen Marquis’ potential," Kevin Garnett said. "He makes everything so easy because he can hound the ball, he can score, he’s a post threat. He can come in and relieve Paul of some minutes if you don’t wanna go Paul you can go Ray Allen. He’s a perfect fit."

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