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Rondo, Garnett, Pierce to sit out Friday Celtics game vs. Hawks

Apr 20, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago Reuters

This is a surprise only because this game has meaning. Boston and Atlanta are an almost certain first-round playoff matchup and going into Friday night’s meeting the Hawks are half a game ahead of the Celtics for home court in that series.

But both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are going to sit out Friday night’s game for rest, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Coach Doc Rivers left himself some wiggle room by saying he would “probably” rest the All-Star duo, but unless you plan to rest them you don’t put it out there.

Combine that with Rajon Rondo (back), Ray Allen (ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (knee) and pretty much everyone is out. Which means it’s Greg Stiemsma against the world.

Rivers is right in thinking that rested and healthy players matters more than home court. Particularly to a veteran Celtics team that has been through the wars before — home, away, outdoors at the local park with chain nets, it’s not going to really matter to Boston where the game is played. They will be themselves.

  1. gavin1978 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Lol disrespectful send out the best of the rest, the replacements lmao

  2. mornelithe - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I don’t think the Hawks see it that way, nor do I think it’s intended to be a disrespect. Rondo and Allen are hurt, and Pierce and Garnett are needed for the playoffs. Sending them out tonight only takes more of a toll on their bodies, and risks possible injury as well (injuries can happen in any game, of course, but better to have it happen during the playoffs than a few games before it)

    Also, letting the 2nd unit and reserves get some serious game time just before the playoffs isn’t a bad idea either. Build a greater rapport with each other, as well as shake off any rust from lack of playing time.

    And for the Hawks, it means they ‘should’ be able to easily lock up home court advantage tonight.

  3. bozosforall - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Celtics aren’t winning anything this year anyway…and not anytime in the near future either.

    • mikeewright7 - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      OMG GET A LIFE YOU CELTICS HATER!!!!!!! I SEE YOU ON EVERY POST WHEN ITS ABOUT THE CELTICS, IM SURE IF WE DONT WIN NIETHER WILL YOUR KOBE AND HIS LAKERS!

      • bozosforall - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        Quit being a little crybaby, mikeewrong. Doesn’t it suck to get the same treatment that you loser Boston fans gave Yankee fans for the last century? I guessed that you chumps wouldn’t be able to take what you all had been dishing out for so long and I was right. New England sports fans are the biggest wusses on the planet.

  4. mikeewright7 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    OMG stop with the Yankees crap i dont even watch baseball lol so that treatment your mentioning i have no comment to that, and again with the MikeWrong statements, “Bozo the Clown” Celtics will win this year IF WE ARE HEALTHY! deal with it Banner #18,

    And Lakers fan are the most annoying ppl on this planet,…………………………well and miami heat fans!

  5. alan82386 - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    F u to all the celtics fans!!!!!!!!! Joe Johnson will get u hell all day long in the first round 啾咪^ ^

    • andyhr17 - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      English translation please?

    • mikeewright7 - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Considering the Fact they almost lost to the Celtics Bench, that hell will freeze over

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