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Boston Celtics: Why They Should Play E'Twaun Moore

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 14:  E'Twaun Moore #55 of the Boston Celtics attempts a shot against Jordan Williams #20 of the New Jersey Nets at Prudential Center on April 14, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Patrick BusconeSenior Analyst IMay 25, 2012

With Avery Bradley undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, the Boston Celtics are now rail thin at the shooting guard position. The only real shooting guard in the rotation is Ray Allen, and he is clearly hobbled by his ankle injury. Playing upwards of 40 minutes does not seem like a good idea for Allen. 

Realistically, Allen should be playing 30 minutes a game until he gets healthier; which may never happen. But without Bradley now, who can come into the game and give good minutes at the shooting guard? Well, look no further than the 55th pick of this year's draft—E'Twaun Moore

Although Moore has had no real playoff experience, and not even that much NBA experience, he still could make an impact. Remember that early in the season he became the first shooting guard off the bench, beating out Bradley for the position.

During the stretch of the season when Moore actually played significant minutes, he proved to be very potent on the offensive end with a knack for scoring. His best game as a pro came on January 26th against the Orlando Magic; or as it is better known as, the "bar fight" game. But what many people forget is that the Celtics would have never won the bar fight without Moore.

He went 4-4 from three-point range, and scored 16 points to lead the Celtics to a huge 27-point comeback. And he did all of that in just 18 minutes.

Moore was not going to get much time in the playoffs; but clearly, he does not need a lot of minutes to make a big impact. Above all, the Celtics need an impact player on the offensive end and Moore is an offensive threat that could provide the spark the C's need.

So far in the playoffs, the C's have struggled to make three-pointers. Moore could help turn that around and hit big threes off the bench. Not to mention, he can also get into the lane and has a reliable floater.

Really, the only thing holding Moore back is his lack of experience; but at this point, the Celtics only have two options: play a 36-year-old with bone spurs in his ankle for 40 minutes, or play a 23-year-old rookie 10-20 minutes and let Allen have some rest.

It's pretty obvious that the better option here is to give Moore some minutes. Worst case scenario is that he can't handle the big stage, misses a few shots, then gets taken out. On the other hand, best case scenario is he hits a couple of threes and carries the second unit in scoring.

The Celtics don't have much to lose in this situation. E'Twaun Moore is the Celtics best two-guard option to give a few minutes to right now. And with his offensive abilities, he could sway Game 7 in the Celtics favor; that is, if Doc agrees with me and lets him play. 

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