Celtics’ reserves fitting in well

Celtics guard Keyon Dooling defended against Toronto’s Jose Calderon in Sunday’s scrimmage.
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Celtics guard Keyon Dooling defended against Toronto’s Jose Calderon in Sunday’s scrimmage.

The Celtics’ near three-hour workout yesterday concluded with a Chris Wilcox dunk off an Avery Bradley feed after a timeout.

“Chris had a stretch where they were cheering and saying, ‘Hey he’s a Celtic today.’ And then he had another stretch, he was just lost, and hey, ‘He’s the new guy,’ ’’ said coach Doc Rivers. “JuJuan [Johnson] had a stretch - they’re getting it but it’s slow.

“Kevin [Garnett] has clearly taken [Johnson] under his wing. You know how it is with Kevin - you get one shot and if he thinks you’re paying attention he spends the year with you. Obviously, he’s passed the test.’’


The reserves have fit in well, Rivers said.

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“Chemistry is phenomenal,’’ he said. “Continuity is not very good, chemistry is. I hear the veterans talk about this team - that [chemistry] will not be a problem this year. But the continuity, that’s going to take some time. Guys who have been here, they’re still ahead. The new guys are still trying to figure it out.

“Our guys think our bench could be good but they want to make sure, so there’s a lot of help on the floor. Every year you try to build the bench. And some years we’ve been successful and some years we haven’t. Last year, we failed miserably - me and everyone. The bench didn’t save us - ever. They lost some for us.

“This bench, one thing I do like, they’re not going to back up. They may not play well, but they’re a tough group. They respect the starters, that’s about it, that’s all they’re getting.

“It’s always a problem, role players understanding they are role players. We’ve got a group of guys who clearly know who they are and they are also very comfortable with that. They think they can play as well as the starters but they accept where they’re at.’’