In contention for the seventh and eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the
"We've had that discussion almost every day," Stevens said.
But his relucatance to change the starting five is due to the strong bench play from forward
"The first six minutes of a 48-minute game are the first six minutes," Stevens said. "You want to start as well as you can, but you also want to create rotations that you like. If your second unit's really playing at a high level, then you have to factor that in - that if you mix it up, your second unit might not play at a high level."
In his third game with the
The Celtics erased a 16-point Hornets lead to win their third straight. Jerebko put the Celtics on top to stay on a go-ahead layup with 5:28 remaining.
Jerebko hit six-of-nine from the field, the only Celtic to make more than half of his shots for the game.
''When he played for Detroit, I knew he played very hard,'' teammate Avery Bradley said. ''He makes big shots. I feel like he can really help our team out.''
The Celtics host the Warriors on Sunday in their next game.
Making just his second appearance since being acquired before the trade deadline, Jerebko led the team in scoring while playing just 21 minutes off the bench. He also kicked in five rebounds, two assists and one steal in the win, his team's second straight. Jerebko could quickly earn playing time with quality play as Jared Sullinger (foot) is set to miss the remainder of the season.
The Celtics will move ahead to face the Hornets at home Friday.
Jerebko came down with a stomach virus but said he's feeling better. Earlier Sunday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Jerebko was questionable due to the illness.
Jerebko was dealt to the Celtics from the Pistons in exchange for Tayshaun Prince on Thursday. Jerebko is averaging 5.2 points per game this season.
"Tayshaun Prince is certainly well known to fans in Detroit and we're pleased to welcome him back," said coach Stan Van Gundy. "He fills a position of need for us at small forward with his offensive and defensive versatility. We thank both Jonas and Gigi for their hard work and wish them well going forward."
The Pistons took Prince with the No. 23 overall pick in 2002 draft. The 34-year-old veteran spent 11 seasons with Detroit where he averaged 12.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He spent two-plus seasons with the Grizzlies before he was shipped to Boston in a trade in January. Prince is is averaging 7.6 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 44.6 percent from the field this season
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