When asked to disclose if he was going to play or rest the guys for the rest of the reason, he was really coy on the matter. Here’s a look at what Greg Payne of ESPN Boston wrote earlier today:
Rivers told reporters he does have a plan in place for resting Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who returned to the lineup Sunday following an eight-game absence due to inflammation in his left ankle, before the end of the season, but he wasn’t willing to disclose any details. The Celtics currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference, and are 2½ games ahead of eighth-place Milwaukee. Rivers, while aware of the need to rest his veterans at times, doesn’t want to see his club drop to the eighth spot and set itself up for a first-round matchup with the Miami Heat.
With not too many games in the season left, the Celtics have a lot of decisions to make. Rivers needs to decide if sitting or playing is the best option for his team right now.
They have already clinched a playoff spot so it makes sense for them to sit their key players until the postseason. However, on the other end of the spectrum they have to make sure that they aren’t falling into that 8th spot. They haven’t really taken advantage of their easy schedule and took a fall to the Cavaliers last week. They can’t afford to fall to 8th and face the Miami Heat.
Doc Rivers is fully aware of the chances that they have of losing their current spot, but he has a plan in place and is going to execute it to the best of his ability.