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If Celtics coach Doc Rivers elected to give Pierce and Garnett a night off when the team travels to Charlotte for the tail end of a back-to-back on Monday, he could be forgiven (heck, with no national TV broadcast, the league might not even make the team pay for it). As Boston prepped to board its midnight flight, Rivers was noncommittal about how he’ll proceed.
“I’ll let you know after the game [Monday],” Rivers said. “I mean Paul played 54 minutes, and he’s the guy that I’m most concerned with to be honest. And they just played so hard. … If we have to rest guys, play them shorter minutes tomorrow — the only way I can do it is by my eyes. You’ll never know how guys feel until [Monday].”
(What Would Gregg Popovich Do?)
I’m willing to take my chances against the Bobcats with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett taking a break. Go ahead and start Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox, leave Pierce and KG on the bench… or in a box that reads “break glass in case of emergency or foul trouble.”
I’d say just leave them home, but that would give the C’s just 11 guys, and one of them would be Fab Melo. So Pierce and KG have to make the trip. But I wouldn’t play them unless they absolutely had to.
Knowing Doc, though, they’ll probably both play, but he’ll pull them after just a few minutes. It’ll probably be more of a modified pre-season type of thing. Personally, I’m not even too concerned about tonight’s result. Last night was enough of a win to get me through to Wednesday’s Bulls game.
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: Losses have turned C’s into winners | Celtics-Nuggets by the numbers | Garnett saves best for last in 3 OT win | Pierce, KG defy age | Pierce makes mark in win | ESPN Boston: All part of the experience | Captain clutch works overtime | WEEI: Pierce: This is the type of win that can give us confidence | Terry: My gut tells me keep shooting | Kris Joseph traded by Red Claws | Pierce leads C’s to 7th win | These Celtics have reinvented themselves, and their potential is intriguing | Extra rest works out well | Greatest of Threes | Herald: Celtics outlast Nuggets | Terry continues to provide veteran touch | Celtics enjoy snow day | Pierce fills stat sheet in Rondo’s absence | MWDN: After turbulence, Jet back on course | An endless night to remember at the Garden