The Celtics took the road less traveled and conceded the second seed in the Eastern Conference to the Miami Heat. A win by the Heat, on Monday over the Atlanta Hawks, combined with a Celtics loss in Washington locked up the seeding for these two clubs on a collision course heading into the post season.
The Celtics entered the game on Monday and decided to rest four of their starters viewing a few extra days rest as being more important than battling for the higher seed. Hard to argue with the logic. The Celtics are are on a horrible stretch and playing out the string only adds miles to their aging bodies and increases the chances of injury with every trip up the court. Plus, on a somewhat hey look at the bright side view, it never hurts to have your second and thirds units get an extended run prior to the post season. As the Celtics know all too well, you just never know who is going to go down calling an a reserve to the forefront expected to contribute. (Cut to an image of the infamous Kendrick Perkins Scowl)
Said head coach Doc Rivers: “At the end of the day for us, it’s got to be right for our team and whatever’s best for our team, even over seeding.”
What do you think? Should the Celtics have played for the higher seed?