Improved bench play
If there is one thing missing so far this season, it’s consistent contributions from the bench.
And it’s likely going to be Marcus Smart or Gordon Hayward who fills that role. Both may end up on the floor at the end of close games and both are capable of leading the second unit.
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It’s wishing for better play from the rest of the unit that’s needed.
The Celtics are winning games with a formula of most of the starting lineup scoring in double figures. While this has worked, better bench production is needed to ease some of the pressure off the starting lineup.
Guys like Enes Kanter, Robert Williams, and Brad Wanamaker have provided valuable minutes off the bench, as has Semi Ojeleye. They all bring something special to the court, but it’s getting them to do so on the same night that’s been the trick.
The rookie class has also found their spots, with Grant Williams and Carsen Edwards seeing most of the time. Others, such as Romeo Langford, are having trouble cracking the rotation — mostly because the Boston Celtics are loaded at the guard and wing positions.
The wish for this holiday season is that these players start to find their rhythm and become valuable contributors to this team. Doing so will also help with the next wish on the list.