Scal: Tough to manage veterans' minutes

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Scal: Tough to manage veterans' minutes

The Celtics are coming off a tough loss in Houston, and now face a very tough Spurs team. The C's have back-to-back games but then have three days off, so what does a coach like Doc Rivers do about managing the minutes of his veteran players?

"It's probably the most difficult thing to do when you have a veteran team," said Brian Scalabrine.

He says it's hard enough to manage an NBA game, but to then deal with limits on players makes it even tougher.

One thing Rivers always tries to do is think about the long-term implications. So if there's a situation Saturday night that might jeopardize the availability of his veterans down the road, you can bet Rivers will take the more cautious approach.