The Boston Celtics blew out the Washington Wizards last Friday night, but James Young didn't see a second of action. Why? Apparently his shoulder was sore, but that was news to Brad Stevens, who tried to put Young in the game with six minutes to go, per ESPN Boston.
More important than that, though, if the Celtics want to play small they need guys like Young to step up and be ready on the wing. Here's what Stevens had to say about it:
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Young has played just six minutes all season, and scored only four points. The 20-year-old shooting guard is one of Boston's more disappointing prospects.
“The bottom line is we need guys [like rookies Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter], we need James Young to be ready,” said Stevens. “We need those guys to continue to give us good minutes so that we feel like we can play small with Jae or Jonas in at the 4.” Added Stevens: “I think our biggest challenge right now is our depth on the perimeter is not where our depth at the traditional 4-5 is. So when you go small, you have five guys sitting there that are good players. That’s a challenge. It’s one of the things that we’ve got to continue to figure out our best way because we don’t have a lot of options with regard to playing wings at the 4 on our team beyond Jae and Jonas. So that’s why [the younger players] are so critical and it’s why it’s really important that our young perimeter players continue to develop because we need to build that depth on the perimeter.”