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.
Hey, Al Horford. No pressure, but these upcoming playoffs are on you.
The Celtics are having a great REGULAR season. But for this postseason to be anything but regular, Al needs to come up big.
To his credit, he's done that recently. But he need to play even better in the playoffs. Better isn’t even the right word. Power. That’s it: Power. Horford needs to play with more power.
The problem is this has never really been his game, and therefore it may prove the Celtics overpaid when they gave him a max contract.
During his 74 postseason games with the Hawks, Horford averaged 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. This season he has averaged 6.9 rebounds for the Celtics. There's no way his rebounding numbers an be that low in the playoffs.
I want at least 18 points and 8 rebounds per game from him over the course of the Celts post season run. And NO THREEs. I know the guy can shoot, but he needs to keep that 6-foot-10 body of his twelve feet or less from the hoop.
So if the Celtics let you down or underperform this spring, it won't be on Isaiah. It will be on you, Al.
Again, no pressure.