Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday with Dale Arnold and Gerry Callahan to talk about what he needs to figure out over the last 20 games and when some of his injured players are coming back. He also touched on the subject of Troy Murphy, who has missed all 10 shots he's attempted in his four games with the Celtics and saw less than five minutes of court time against the Clippers. "He's just not ready yet," Rivers said. "It's just going to take him some time. I'm not that concerned with it, but he isn't. A couple of times in the first half you could just see him [not] knowing the schemes, he was in the wrong place. They took advantage of that. When we were making a run in the second half you didn't want to take the risk of putting him back on the floor."
Rivers said that not all of his players would have a playoff role. "Some guys will fit in, some guys will not," he said. "All the guys we don't need to fit, honestly. When we go to the playoffs were going to go to nine guys anyway, for the most part. I have 20 games to figure out which ones have the value."
On the injury front, Rivers said that he expected Glen Davis to come back first, probably on Sunday when the Celtics host the Bucks. He added that there is a chance Delonte West could play Sunday, and if not he would probably be back Monday for the Nets.
Rivers also talked about meeting President Barack Obama, who thanked him for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Rivers said that he advised Thibodeau to take the Chicago job. "People don't know this, but Tom had a choice of two jobs. That was New Orleans or Chicago," Rivers said. "New Orleans at the time was offering him more money. He was going to take that job because of the money and I kept saying, 'The Bulls have players, that's where you go. The money follows after the players.' Obviously I'm really happy that he took the right job."