MILWAUKEE Doc Rivers' search for the ideal starting lineup will take yet another twist tonight with the C's unveiling a third different starting five.
Jason Terry and Brandon Bass will be with the first unit, joining All-Stars Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
"Looking for a group that can play 48 minutes," Rivers said when asked about the change. "We've yet to find that. So we'll just keep searching for that."
The move gives the Celtics arguably their strongest starting five in terms of scoring.
In addition, it will allow Jeff Green to come off the bench and potentially be more of a focal point scoring the ball with two of the players he had been competing with for shots - Bass and Terry - with the first group now.
Ditto for Courtney Lee, who started each of the first five games but may be more comfortable coming off the bench.
In the preseason, Lee's best games came as a reserve for Boston.
What remains unclear in the change is how it will improve the significant drop-off by the Celtics when Garnett is subbed out.
Now that Bass is starting, Boston can immediately turn to either Jared Sullinger or Chris Wilcox to provide an inside presence in place of Garnett when he is subbed out in the first quarter.
"We sub Kevin so early because we have to," Rivers said. "That group is still on the floor. We just feel like we need more scoring to stay on the floor when Kevin goes out."
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HOUSTON - Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.
After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.
Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.