The Boston Celtics have had a very tumultuous season when its come to injuries. They’ve lost Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, and Leandro Barbosa all to season ending injuries. All of those players were very important pieces to this team’s puzzle. Now, facing a rough stretch in the final week of march and the rest of April, the Celtics are also facing injuries to Kevin Garnett who is probably the team’s most important piece.
Along with Garnett, Boston has had to battle through injuries to Paul Pierce and Courtney Lee. This team just can’t seem to stay healthy all at one time. With that being said, would it be wise for Rivers to sit some of his most important players for the rest of the season?
The Celtics are almost assured a playoff spot now–they just don’t know where. Right now, they’re the 7th seed in the East and they’re two full games ahead of the Bucks for that spot. The 76ers are the 9th seed right now, but they’re seven games behind the Bucks for that 8th spot. They’d need to go on a remarkable winning streak in the next 13 games to get the final playoff spot.
If the the Celtics do end up resting their players, they could possibly face the scorching hot Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. It took a 43 point effort from Jeff Green in their last contest for the Celtics to even have a shot at taking down LeBron James and company. Green isn’t going to average over 30 throughout a whole seven game series.
Resting their players does have some merit to it as well. There’s a chance that they do stay in the 7th spot and end up facing the New York Knicks, which Boston wants to do. They’ll chance playing the Pacers there also, but the Celtics have a better shot at the Pacers than they do the Heat. Also, Boston wants to do their best to stay healthy. They won’t have a shot at beating anyone in this series if they can’t bring all players possible to the table.
Doc Rivers has some very tough decisions to make right now. Does he start his players or sit them?