Those numbers are skewed by all the OT minutes where you’re surely going to ride your starters. That’s an extra 55 min over the first 12 games. When you remove those 4:30 mpg things don’t look abnormal.
Yeah, I get that. It's still minutes played though. Maybe give players an extra minute or two minutes of rest the next game. It's also early and he started 2-5 as a new coach in Boston. I get the desire to want to win and the pressure that he must feel.
Still, in the early going it seems he has a 9 man rotation that he sticks to regardless of injuries. Luckily, it's not a hard adjustment to make. Even if he doesn't want to settle on an extra player or two to play consistently, he can pick 1 or 2 from players from 10-15 based on matchups or throwing a dart at a board to play for a combined total of like 10 minutes each night and the problem is solved. I thought Brad experimented too much with lineups and using the deep bench a lot (though some necessary due to injury). I think Ime might experiment too little. If I had to pick rotations, I'd pick Ime's. I just think the 82 game regular season needs more than a 9 man rotation. 10 does the trick, honestly. It's such a little thing but I think it can matter over the course of an 82 game season. I'd prefer the minutes go to AN and PP and not players like Jabari and Hernangomez but I don't care too much. Just find 10 minutes a game combined for spots 10-15 because it's a long season.
Even before overtime tonight, he only used 1 player outside of him 9 man rotation and it was for 6 minutes. Overtime obviously just makes it worse. His 9 man rotation being JT, JB, DS, MS, JRich, TL, AA, GW and RL.
After tonight's game, and this includes the OT, players outside the 9 man rotation are on pace for 1783.5 minutes this year. Pritchard would be 10th, at 731 minutes played. Last year, Semi was 10th at 950 minutes, and that's in a 72 game schedule as opposed to 82. Players from 10 and on played 4438 minutes. Some of that is due to injuries/covid and trades, Fournier had 472 minutes played. Still, that's a HUGE difference.
I'd like the number to be closer to 2400-2500 over an 82 game schedule. Maybe it's a small gripe and not really worth the bandwidth but I could see it becoming an issue that will only be made worse when players in his top 9 miss games.
Another solution would be to just play Grant and Romeo more, which isn't the solution I'd go with but it would be an acceptable solution.