ATLANTA It remains to be seen just what kind of impact not having Rajon Rondo on the floor for tonight's Game 2 matchup between Boston and Atlanta will have on this series.
One thing we do know, both teams are not going to dwell on it.
"It's over now," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "We just move on."
Boston has adopted that mentality whenever Rondo has been out of the lineup, evident by them posting an 8-5 record without him in the lineup.
The Hawks know all too well how dangerous a Rondo-less Celtics team can be, with the C's taking Atlanta down to the wire last month as Rondo - and a number of fellow starters - sat out the game out.
"When you play teams with key players out, they become even more dangerous," said Hawks coach Larry Drew. "The tendency is to let your guard down. Sometimes you come out a little complacent. Sometimes you don't come out with the fire and intensity and the energy."
C's coach Doc Rivers said Mickael Pietrus will get the start in the lineup at shooting guard while Avery Bradley will slide over to play the point.
"Just try to have the right focus to help the team win," said Pietrus who will be making his seventh start of the season. "No matter if it's scoring, defensive in the playoffs, you have to do whatever extra thing your team needs, to win. That's what I am preparing to do tonight; whatever they need me to do for us to win."
BOSTON – Regardless of what the Celtics do in the offseason, there will always be position battles in training camp.
But when the players arrive in a few weeks, a handful will have more at stake than just a roster spot.
Boston currently has 18 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, a number that has to be pared down to 15 or less by the time the regular season begins.
The math is pretty cut and dry. Barring a trade, at least three players have to be let go.
But who will they be?
That’s for Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics brass to figure out.
In the meantime, here’s a look at five Celtics who, barring a trade, are likely to be among the pool of players Boston will be picking from for what should be the last couple of roster spots.
New England fans will get their first glimpse at the 2016-2017 Boston Celtics when they kick off their preseason schedule on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center.
That game will feature two of the top three picks in last month’s draft as Ben Simmons, the top overall pick, will face Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick.
Boston’s 7-game schedule features no back-to-back games, but they do face the Charlotte Hornets in their second and third preseason games on Oct. 6 (in Greensboro, N.C.) and Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Here’s a look at Boston’s full preseason schedule:
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Oct. 4 Philadelphia 76ers UMass-Amherst Mullins Center (Amherst, MA) 7:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 6 Charlotte Hornets Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 8 Charlotte Hornets Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT) 3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 13 Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 15 New York Knicks Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 17 Brooklyn Nets TD Garden (Boston, MA) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19 New York Knicks TD Garden (Boston, MA) 7:30 p.m. ET