Rivers not concerned over mounting minutes

Rivers not concerned over mounting minutes
March 12, 2012, 2:11 am
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LOS ANGELES Every one of the Boston Celtics' starting five played more minutes than usual in their 97-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

But there's only one Celtic - Kevin Garnett - whose playing time will likely drop when the C's face the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

Garnett, who averages just under 31 minutes per game this season, played slightly more than 35 in the Lakers loss.

With a veteran team, Rivers understands all too well how questions about fatigue will sprout up, especially in back-to-back situations.

But it doesn't appear to be something that Rivers is losing any sleep over.

"Kobe (Bryant) plays a lot of minutes, and I don't think it worries Mike Brown a whole bunch," Rivers said. "Our guys are pretty good."

Ray Allen, who played just under 39 minutes, is among the best-conditioned athletes in the NBA. Ditto for Rajon Rondo who logged just over 40 minutes.

Brandon Bass has spent the bulk of this season coming off the bench, so playing a season-high 43 minutes on Sunday isn't going to set him back too much, if at all. The same goes for Paul Pierce, who logged just under 39 minutes.

"The only guy I'm always concerned about with minutes, is Kevin," Rivers said. "We took him over the number (on Sunday); we'll probably bring him back to the number, but overall their averages are perfect."