BOSTON When the Boston Celtics dropped their fifth straight game at Oklahoma City just before the all-star break, Doc Rivers informed his coaches then that changes were coming.
That game, the C's played few bodies because, well, they only had a few bodies healthy enough to play.
These days, the Celtics are playing just shorter rotation - and it's likely to stay that way for the rest of the season.
"We're basically at nine," Rivers said. "And that's what we're going to do."
In addition to the Big Four of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass will remain with the starting unit. Chris Wilcox will be the first big off the bench, while the rest of the rotation will consist of guardforward Mickael Pietrus and combo guards Avery Bradley and Keyon Dooling.
"We're preparing for something bigger than the regular season," Dooling told CSNNE.com. "Guys definitely have to start figuring out when they're coming in and kind of their roles, so that they can execute it every night. I think we're starting to get to that point."
Rivers said there will be games when the Celtics will go 10-deep again.
"But that tenth guy now is going to be a short-minute guy, whoever it is," Rivers said.