Free Shavlik

The Celtics could use a little defense and rebounding with Kevin Garnett out. Free Shavlik.


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* LET RANDOLPH LOOSE: Enter [Shavlik] Randolph. In six appearances, he's grabbed 3.8 rebounds per game -- and that's in a mere 9.8 minutes per contest (he hasn't played more than nine minutes in any of his past three outings). Randolph has posted obscene rebound rates, particularly over those three games without Garnett, grabbing 34.8 percent of all available defensive rebounds and 27 percent of total rebound opportunities in that span. Sure, it's a small sample size, but consider this: In the same three-game stretch, the next-best numbers on the team are from swingman Paul Pierce (20.8 percent on defensive glass; 12.6 overall). Wilcox (17.1 defensive, 11.4 overall), Green (17.6, 10.4) and Bass (15.8, 10.8) aren't even close to Randolph's levels. Even Rivers noted earlier this week: "When Shav comes in, I don't know how he gets it, but the ball ends up in his hands under the basket on rebounds. You like guys like that."