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Expect more fireworks from these guys
Last year, the Celtics had a big problem off the bench with energy and offensive production. It was simply too inconsistent. This year, the Celtics won't have their full bench until Kendrick Perkins returns from injury.
According to Perkins, he doesn't plan on becoming a bench player, which means Shaq and Jermaine O'Neal will be apart of the "Boston Bench Mob."
Last night, Doc's bench featured Nate Robinson, Delonte West, Marquis Daniels, Glen Davis, and Semih Erden. These five guys played with a ton of energy last night. Delonte and Nate struggled to make their own shots, but they made it equally difficult for the 76ers offense to score as well. Marquis Daniels is going to have to be the Tony Allen replacement this season, something he does not seem ready to do.
The biggest surprise was rookie Semih Erden. His pick-and-roll defense was exceptional, and he was to contribute 13 points in 24 minutes. He picked up five fouls during that time as well, which shows that he still has a lot to learn.