Doc Rivers has started inferior defenders over his defensive stoppers for the entire season. Marcus Banks and Tony Allen have been benched most of the seasons in favor of Gary Payton, and at times Pierce (when his is forcing up bad shots and not giving a damn about defense). Banks and Allen have shown that they are top 15 defenders in the league. Banks is one of the best on-ball defenders and usually gets strips the opposing point guard of the ball two or three times a game (when he is getting the minutes he deserves). Allen, who was coached by defensive guru Eddie Sutton at OSU, is one of the best help defenders (aside from Andrei Kirilenko, Tayshaun Prince, etc) in the league. He combines his athleticism with his overall feel for the defensive game making him a nightmare for opposing shooting guards. When Gary Payton plays major minutes, it kills these guys confidence and makes our defense a liability (excuse me from using the same word from the "Pierce is..." thread). Chauncey Billups burned him in the finals last year and Payton has declined defensively since. I say, we start Banks and give Payton 20 minutes.