Apr 26, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward/center Kevin Garnett (5) and small forward Paul Pierce (34) sit on the bench during the fourth quarter of game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. New York Knicks won 90-76. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Could Three Days of Rest Benefit the Celtics?


The Boston Celtics won Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks, but they’re still down 3-1 in the series. With the teams traveling back to New York for Wednesday night’s game, you have to wonder if this long layoff will help or hurt the Celtics.

The Celtics are still fighting injuries suffered near the end of the season. They really haven’t been healthy all year, but Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett’s performances seem to be effected by their lingering injuries.

Garnett is suffering from bone spurs that are moving from his foot to his ankle and he has an ailing hip. Paul Pierce still seems to be suffering from a nagging ankle injury and seems to be a step slow–slower than usual.

Still, you have to think about what this layoff could do to the Celtics rhythm. They already aren’t a good road team in the first place. Could moving down the road off of three days rest distract them? Don’t be surprised if they’re a tad bit rusty starting off Wednesday’s game.

If they are, this could be the last that we see of this Celtics team this season. They’ve only broken the 90 point barrier one time this offseason. If they suffer from a slow start then they may not be able to recover–even if they’re playing well defensively.

We’ll see how this helps or hurts the Celtics down the stretch. Rest time is always good when trying to heal injuries, but it can also shift a player’s focus elsewhere. And that’s just something the Celtics can’t really afford to have right now.

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