Celtics sit Garnett, set to limit Pierce vs. Sixers

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Celtics sit Garnett, set to limit Pierce vs. Sixers

PHILADELPHIA Strategic rest: The preseason edition is in effect for the Boston Celtics who will sit Kevin Garnett for tonight's game against Philadelphia in addition to limiting the minutes of Paul Pierce.

"Didn't want to play him (Garnett) back-to-back games" was the reason Rivers gave for shutting Garnett down for the night.

As for Pierce, limiting his minutes will give the C's slew of wing forwards with non-guaranteed contracts an opportunity to play more minutes.

That will not only help those players, but it also allows Rivers and his staff a better chance to evaluate which players they will keep around moving forward.

Philadelphia native Dionte Christmas is the odds-on favorite to land a guaranteed deal among the C's without guaranteed contracts for this upcoming season.

"I'm just trying to continue to play my game, help this team win and hopefully everything will work out," Christmas told CSNNE.com.

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

BOSTON – Wednesday’s 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks was the fifth time in the last six games that Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley was out because of a right Achilles injury.

Well, it appears the 6-foot-2 guard may miss a few more with this injury.

“I can see him missing a little more time,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said following Wednesday’s loss. “I just think maybe he came back a little bit too early, whatever the case may be.”

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Bradley was expected to play against the Knicks, but was a last-minute scratch.

Celtics big man Al Horford said he didn’t find out Bradley was out until the team was on the floor doing pre-game warmups and he didn’t see him.

“He was really sore,” Stevens said of Bradley. “Went through our walk-through and then came on to the court and did some stuff and was more sore today than he has been. I think he did treatment the whole game.”

This latest setback for Bradley is part of a growing narrative that has dogged him throughout his career which has included him missing games to injury in each of his six-plus NBA seasons.

Bradley came into this season once again hoping to be as injury-free as possible, only to see that dream dashed with this right Achilles strain he's suffering with currently.

Still, there’s no downplaying the significance and value the Celtics have in the 26-year-old. This season, he is second on the Celtics in scoring at 17.7 points per game and leads them in rebounds with 6.9 per game with both being career highs. In addition, he averages just under 35 minutes per game which is also tops on the team.

Marcus Smart has been Stevens’ choice to replace Bradley in the starting lineup when Bradley has been unavailable, and that’s not likely to change between now and Saturday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.