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Playing catch up

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  March 12, 2011 04:12 PM

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Right now, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said getting him in good positions to run pick-and-rolls is the extend of the second team offense. Typically, the team's dry erase board is an exercise in information overload, with point of emphasis after point of emphasis looking more like an outline for a college course than an NBA game plan.

"He’s a teacher," Arroyo said. "Our job is to stay ready, pay attention to detail on the things that he’s putting on the board. Make sure that we execute, not to miss a moment. That could change a game quickly, so our job is to stay focused while he’s explaining but at the same time teaching."

The question "How long will it take to come together" is getting redundant already, but it's something that they'll have to answer until all the new additions come together. Nenad Krstic is figuring things out defensively. Troy Murphy just made his first field goal last night. Sasha Pavlovic, a possible defensive stopper, let Andre Iguodala drive by him to his strong hand last night for the game-sealing lay-up. There are kinks to be worked out and time to get it done.

"You just have to play," Arroyo said. "Obviously, the guys that are in, they already know the system, they already know what’s expected of them when they’re out there as far as running the plays and executing them. We have to do the job now, that way we catch up with the guys that are playing right now."

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