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McHale: Celtics are fine in current state

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  February 8, 2011 10:10 PM

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Former Celtics great and NBA TV analyst Kevin McHale weighed in on whether the depleted Celtics need to make a roster move to add bench depth.

Boston entered Monday night's loss to Charlotte Bobcats with injuries to swingman Marquis Daniels, centers Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal and Semih Erden and reserve guard Delonte West. With the returns of Jermaine O'Neal and Daniels uncertain, there has been speculation about the Celtics adding another player.

McHale said he believes the Celtics have enough depth.

"I'm a big Marquis Daniels fan, I like him, it was tough injury and scary seeing that whole thing but I think the Celtics what they have going for them is a ton of depth," he said. "All of a sudden Delonte West is going to come back and I really like West's game. He plays with other great players so well. With the Celtics as they lose one guy they gain another guy. And I don't think they have to make a big trade."

The Hall of Fame power forward does have one suggestion for Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

"You can't take one game last night (too seriously). Everybody has a tough night in the NBA. It's 82 games and some nights you just don't have it. But I like they way they're poised," he said. "I think now Doc Rivers, who is a tremendous coach, I think now maybe getting into the All-Star Break, maybe starting to change the minutes around a little bit, give his horses a little bit more rest, allow the bench to develop a little bit more."

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