I’m not interested in Paul Pierce’s huge game last night, or all the blown assignments that led to open New York dunks and three-pointers. I don’t care about the lack of bench scoring or the prospect of games against Orlando and Atlanta before the weekend arrives. If you really need a grade for last night’s game, I’d propose an F, simply for the fact that two more Celtics came up lame ten days before the start of the playoffs.
It’s time to put a halt to this shortened-but-still-too-long regular season and rest the core players on this team, all of who have been overworked since the all-star break. And before it. Run JaJuan Johnson out there for 40 minutes. Free E’Twaun. Hell, go sign Antoine Walker if you think he can give you 15 minutes.
Doc Rivers had the right idea resting Pierce and Kevin Garnett Sunday in Charlotte but he needs to go further because no matter the seed or the opponent, a healthy Celtics team can win four times in seven. But shorn even one of its top six players (not counting the already departed Jeff Green, Jermaine O’Neal and Chris Wilcox) Boston is going to check out of these playoffs quickly.