NEWARK, Del. — In yet another lineup twist, the Celtics started Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley and had the two of them share point guard duties early on.
“That’s something that we wanted to see a little bit,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before Friday’s preseason game against Philadelphia at the Bob Carpenter Center here.
“We haven’t been able to do that much in the preseason, but they’ll both run the team at different times and whoever has it brings it up.”
It’s expected that Bradley will share the bulk of the point guard duties while Rajon Rondo (knee) is sidelined, but Stevens has hinted that Crawford could play that role as well.
In terms of lineups in general, Stevens said there’s a fine line between trying to experiment with the lineup while trying to get other players in a rhythm.
“It’s not easy…but I think it’s the right thing to do right now, because we’re still very much in the process of searching for who’s going to play,” Stevens said.
For forward Jeff Green, this period can be even more stressful as he’s adjusting to a new role as the Celtics’ top scoring option.
“Yeah, playing 20 minutes is something I don’t like,” Green said. “It’s hard. We have a lot of other guys on the team, a lot of guys trying to make a spot, so I know where coach is coming from. I know he’s trying to get a good look at everybody and figure out different rotations and lineups. I try to make due with what’s given.”
Stevens said that he’d like to have a firmer idea of the lineup in place by the Celtics’ final two preseason games, the first of which would be Oct. 20 against Minnesota.