The Boston Celtics are an old team. That doesn't mean they're a bad team. They just need more rest than the young players in the league might. Doc Rivers knows this. So rather than focus on a playoff seed, he is focusing on the best times to rest his players.
According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Rivers is planning out the times when he will rest Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and the rest of the players on the roster who get decent minutes. The plan is to try to keep them all as healthy as possible come playoff time.
Garnett is 36 years old, but he has been playing since he graduated high school. Pierce is 35 years old. Both seem to have something left in the tank, but Rivers wants to make sure that's still true once the season draws to a close. With their star point guard, Rajon Rondo, out for the season, the Celtics have to take advantage of anything they can. Including rest.
Boston is 30-27. They are firmly planted in the seven seed of the Eastern Conference finals. Sure, they can move up, but they aren't going to be a one seed. So as long as the team keeps themselves in the playoff picture, Doc Rivers wants to rest his players as much as possible.
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