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Wallace perplexed about bench role

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  November 6, 2013 07:23 PM

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Celtics swingman Gerald Wallace said he is uncertain about his move to the bench after being replaced for Wednesday's matchup against the Utah Jazz by Jordan Crawford.

Wallace has been mainly a starter since his first three seasons with the Sacramento Kings, starting 590 out of his past 608 games played before Wednesday.

Stevens said he wanted to add spark to the offense but Wallace appears uncertain of the team's direction.

"It’s tough for me to adjust to everything. I’m trying to just figure out my role and do the best that I can in that role," he said. "Once I figure that out, then hopefully I’ll be more comfortable in the situation."

Wallace said he isn't accustomed to coming off the bench.

"I don’t know. This is the first time for me. I never came off the bench, other than about three years in Sacramento, where they were garbage minutes," he said. "I’ve always been a starter. I worked my tail off in the league to become a starter. It’s something that’s new to me. I approach the role the same way I did as a starter, and see what I can do from there."

Wallace has been outspoken since arriving in Boston and he appears unsure of the team's plan considering the Celtics are in a rebuilding mode.

"I’m just trying to make sense of everything. I’m trying to figure out what’s really going on and go from there," he said. "I don’t have a clue. I don’t know what’s going on. My thing is, when I’m on the court, I compete to win. And when I’m not, it’s just cheer my guys on and hopefully we’ll get a win tonight."

Wallace said he won't approach Stevens about the change.

"I’m done talking. Whatever they say, it’s their team," he said. "They can do whatever they want to do. (I’m just) going to come out and compete hard and try to win."

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