If there’s one sign of how the season’s gone injury-wise it’s that even though Marquis Daniels has been in a Celtics uniform since October, when you see him on the floor and actually get an idea how good he is at the little things like cutting to the basket or losing his defender, you’re still surprised.
You can, of course, credit that entirely to the fact that Daniels has only played 25 of the Celtics 55 games. Last night, with Paul Pierce out nursing a bad right thumb, Doc Rivers played Daniels with the starters. He scored 14 points, and although he’s not the only one to thrive in Pierce’s absences this season (see Tony Allen), he worked well with Rajon Rondo, who called him “probably the best cutter in the game.”
“I think he can play with anybody,” Rondo said. “I love playing with ‘Quis. I would say he’s probably the best cutter in the game. He moves very well without the ball. His man loses sight of him. He’s a great back cutter. Then of course, he’s a great defensive stopper. He’s probably our best defensive player on ball, him and TA. He does his role really very well. He doesn’t complain about anything. He just goes out there and does little things and you love to play with a guy like that. “