The fact Marquis Daniels and Nate Robinson did not play during Sunday’s 117-113 Celtics victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers was not an accident. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Monday that the two players are out of his current rotation and will have to work their way back in.
Daniels and Robinson have essentially been replaced by Tony Allen and Michael Finley and it’s a disappointing outcome considering the Celtics counted on both players to produce when they were acquired.
“Their role is to work every day in practice but there will be a day or a time you’re gonna need them,” Rivers said. “Somebody will get in foul trouble or someone may not be playing well. Yeah right now they are (out of the rotation). But that doesn’t mean they won’t be back in it.”
Robinson has averaged 6.1 points with 38 percent shooting and hasn’t scored in double figures since March 12. Daniels hasn’t been the same since returning from a thumb injury and has gradually lost the confidence of Rivers.