Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The Celtics bench was hyped up the entire offseason. On paper, they look very impressive, but they haven't made much of a splash yet this regular season.
There are two former Sixth Men of the Year—Leandro Barbosa and Jason Terry. Until Wednesday's rematch against the Wizards, Barbosa was one of the only sparks off the bench. During the season opener against the Heat, Barbosa had an impressive late push in the fourth quarter. He scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc.
On the other hand, Jason Terry was pretty quiet until Wednesday's game when he finished with 16 points.
Chris Wilcox rescued the C's from a potentially embarrassing loss by having a huge impact during his two short shifts. In just 3:41, he had six points, two rebounds and a block. Plus, his hard work got him to the free throw line for five attempts.
Although the bench is finally starting to show some promise, their early season struggles are still troubling. In fact, Boston's bench was outscored for the first three games. Boston is counting on a productive second unit to take pressure off the starters and essentially become the team's backbone.
Without consistent production from the bench, the C's will continue to struggle against whoever they play.