Our bench is beyond garbage. Last year, at least people like Hollins (YES, HOLLINS), Pietrus, and other caught some alley-oops and found a way to score. This year's bench can't play for once. They score 20+ one game, and then go back to their old "garbage-ness" and then after 5-6 games of being awful, they make up for it with one game of 20+ points again.
Maybe you have bad memory - our bench last year was hideous offensively. If our entire bench scored 15 points, that was typically considered a strong night.
This season our bench is consistently scoring 20-30 PPG. Even on a bad night if you look at the box score we have at least 24 points or so from our bench.
5. Remind what the role of Terry is in this game?
He's there to do the same thing he did in Dallas - to give us consistent (and efficient) scoring in the backcourt.
So far he's done exactly that - he's scored double figures in all but three of out 12 games so far, he's averaging 20 points per 48 minutes and he's shooting 50% from the field, 40% from three and 85% from the free throw line.
That's very slightly less scoring then he provided in Dallas on a per minute basis - this is expected since he is a 4th scoring option here (after Pierce, Garnett and Rondo) and he's scoring at a much higher efficiency than last year to back this.
Remember Terry should be coming off he bench - his consistent double figure scoring would be a major benefit off there, but Doc has had to start him because Courtney Lee has been well...nothing short of useless. Terry has actually played very solid for us.
As for the Bradley comment, he actually WILL make a major difference when he returns, assuming he's healthy. His defense will be huge for us and will potentially transform this team, while return will allow us to move Terry back to his natural 6th man role where his contribution off the bench will be much needed.
Sorry to say but I think I preferred Sullinger starting too. I still think he plays better alongside KG and his rebounding helps out starting unit dramatically, while I think the consistent double figure scoring from Bass was huge for our bench.
I agree with most of what you said to be honest. Doc is really leaving me scratching my head. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt because he's been one of the best coaches in this league for the entire Big 3 era, but he's defiantely starting to make me wonder.
We need size...I don't expect him to start Collins and play him 25 minutes, but I think a good 5-10 minutes with him out of the floor would benefit us massively. When he was on the court in earlier games teams WERE more hessitant taking it to the basket.
Other than these two points I agree