By A. Sherrod Blakely
WALTHAM Tonight's game against the New York Knicks will be a playoff preview in name only.
The Boston Celtics as well as the Knicks are expected to sit most of their key players.
Among the Celtics not expected to play is Delonte West, who re-aggravated a right ankle injury that had sidelined him earlier this season.
West did not participate in the team's morning shoot-around, and is doubtful to play.
The only other Celtic not to participate in the shoot-around was Shaquille O'Neal, who is still nursing a strained right calf injury suffered against Detroit on April 3.
Both players are questionable for Boston's Game 1 playoff matchup against New York, a game that's likely to be played on Sunday.
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Isaiah Thomas appears to be channeling the New England Patriots' "No days off" slogan.
The Boston Celtics guard spent Friday night, in the middle of the NBA offseason, studying film. He was up past midnight to take a look at Boston Celtics' game tape, according to ESPN.com's Chris Foresberg, who posted a picture on Twitter of Thomas hard at work.
Thomas finished the 2016-17 season with 28.9 points per game, 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 33.8 minutes. He helped the Celtics earn the NBA Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, and contributed a handful of clutch performances as Boston charged to the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the series, 4-1.
Celtics forward Jaylen Brown joined in the Drive-By Dunk Challenge and tweeted a video that captured his thunderous slam.
We're thinking that's not a regulation height rim.
And the All-Star dunk contest next year might have to be sanctioned by NASCAR.