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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett Out vs. Heat Friday Night

 

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are headed to South Beach. They won’t play playing there though. The Celtics announced this afternoon that the two veterans will not play against the Heat Friday night to rest their ailing ankles. The absence of both players is likely more of a precautionary move, with the C’s being close to wrapping up the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston holds a three-game lead over the Bucks at the moment, with four games to play for both teams.

That setup leads to a magic number of two for Boston, which means any combination of two Celtic wins and/or Bucks losses clinches the seven seed for Boston. The Celts at this point have very little hope of jumping up in the standings too, trailing the Hawks by 2.5 games, so Doc and the C’s training camp is making the smart play here to rest both guys, with little to play for in the next week.

It’s likely Pierce and Garnett will see limited minutes against Orlando, especially if the C’s lose the game in Miami and have work to do to clinch their 7th spot. If the youngsters take care of business for Boston Friday night, an extended break or perhaps just spot minutes to keep their rhythm might be in order for Pierce and Garnett for the final three games of the year.

At this point, you can probably count on the old guys sitting out the season finale against the Raptors as well, which comes on the second half of a back-to-back. The good news about these guys coming up though? Miami will likely be resting all of their studs too, giving Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and company a chance to steal a confidence boosting win in Florida.

In the meantime, the C’s look resigned to the 7th seed, and appear closer to a first round showdown with the New York Knicks.

 

  • someguyinsac

    Let's get the win and plant a seed of doubt in Miami's mind.

    • High Rollers

      Yeah, I'm pretty sure that seed is already there.

    • janos

      hi sac is janos
      is nice us get a winning tonight but not the require, only requires on current is the not-hurt us. we will do imprtants winnings next month my friend

  • elroz

    Is Jeff Green going to play very good and great only when he is starting and there is no KG? Ok, that sound stupid. However, would Doc consider having Lee and Bradley as starters and Green back to the bench? He really has not done well at all – actually pretty poorly – along the 4 starters. With KG, PP, Bass they have enough scoring in the starting 5. I'd use Green with Randolph and Terry – especially since Terry SUCKS most of the year and probably most of the playoffs.

  • melo mvp

    hey shmeltics fans
    nicks will end your miserable season pretty soon

    • Josh_5

      melo mvp, who is Nick? What player named Nick is going to single-handedly beat us? Don't you think 1 on 5 is crazy?

    • janos

      is CELTICS nba #1 team for fan and title. learn a respect

  • melo mvp

    Celtics in 50- 60 from last century has nothing to do with this team
    exept fot name

    • Josh_5

      Dude seriously. Vanna White needs to buy your ass a few more letters.

  • melo mvp

    go fuck yourself

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