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The token white guy riding the bench through most of the season, Brian Scalabrine will still remain a fan favorite in Boston despite the numbers that he puts up. Although he played a bit more than his white counterpart, Scot Pollard, Scal still did not deliver impressive numbers this season. I understand that if he played more often, his numbers would be better, but lets face it: the Celtics did not need him to play more. Scal did more off the court than on the court to help his team.
Scalabrine’s final numbers for the season were meaningless averages of 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. However, Scal was a guy that Doc Rivers could count on to be there when the team needed him.
When Kevin Garnett went down with his abdominal strain for a few weeks, Doc turned more to Leon Powe, but Scal got the nod to start several games because in some cases, the C’s needed veteran presence on the floor.
In the playoffs, Scal did not play a single minute and was only dressed for two games. However, he continued to work out, practice, and cheer on his team through the whole process. Scal made no complaints and that is because he fully understands his role on the team (a role player win minimal minutes).
He is someone that can step in and provide some minutes for the team when they need him. Do not get me wrong, I believe that Scal could put up some decent numbers with the appropriate amount of playing time because he is a serviceable outside shooter and can nail a three when needed.
Scalabrine is going to be another returning player next year and unless something drastic happens, we will probably continue to see little of him on the court. His role is to come in at the end of blowout losses or wins or to step in when someone is in foul trouble or hurt.
When Scal comes into a game that is completely lost, he will still be able to win over the Boston fans with that Irish red hair that makes him great for the city.