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Joe Mazzulla trying to balance wins and player development

 Celtics coach, Joe Mazzulla wants to win every game. That won't happen, but achieving home-court advantage for all or most of the post-season clashes is a very real possibility. But there may be a cost.


Once we get past the "Solid Six" of Tatum, Brown, Porzingis, Holiday, White and Horford, things thin out a bit. In Boston's 119-111 win over the rival Heat, the bench trio of Sam Hauser, Payton Pritchard and Oshae Brissett logged a combined 36.7 minutes of floor time, producing a total of eight points, six assists and three rebounds.

Brissett saw the most time (14.0 minutes), scoring two points - but hauling down five boards. He was active out there, The 6'7" Canadian may see more time in the future.

Luke Kornet was a DNP-CD and that may be indicative of things to come. The point is that Mazzulla may have to risk some losses while he develops the bench and see what other players might have the potential to produce in the post-season.

Because right now the top-6 on the Celtics roster may be the best in the NBA, but did I mention that things get a bit thinner after that. Expect Joe to find a way to balance both wins and player development over the course of the regular season.

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