No Pre-Playoff Rest for the Celtics

by April 01, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

The Boston Celtics have far and away the best record in the Association, and it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that they will have the luxury of homecourt advantage throughout the Playoffs.

They basically have nothing to play for at this point; the guys are accustomed to playing with one another, they’ve played well in big games, and the rotation is set. So, it’s probably time for a little R&R, right? Wrong.

โ€œI donโ€™t believe in that a whole bunch,โ€ Rivers said of keeping players out. โ€œAs a player, I always laughed when they said, โ€˜Hey, you guys are in (the playoffs). How about sitting out two games?โ€™

โ€œWeโ€™ve played 78 games, and I sit two and Iโ€™m going to be rested? The notion of that to me is ridiculous. Now, if you have an injury or something like that, then absolutely you sit out…But other than that, I think rhythm is far more important.โ€

While I get where Rivers is coming from on this – it’s critically important that his team enter the Playoffs as sharp and focused as possible – I hope he’ll have the good sense to play his starters (and particularly, the Big Three) reduced minutes in the season’s final games. Because should a key player get hurt during these final, meaningless games, it might not be too well-received in Beantown.