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Celtics sit Kevin Garnett Friday night against Suns

Feb 22, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston Reuters

Doc Rivers told reporters before Friday night’s contest against the Suns in Phoenix that Kevin Garnett would be inactive, and that Jeff Green would get the start in his place.

The reason? Rest.

From Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston:

Rivers has been hinting that he’d like to rest Garnett in upcoming games and, after Garnett looked gassed at times against the Lakers on Wednesday, he realized he may have waited too long.

“I was telling our coaches after the Denver game, it’s sacrilegious not to play KG against the Lakers, but it was a thought,” said Rivers. “And watching him play, you’re sitting there kicking yourself thinking, ‘That should have been the night for him,’ because it was a back-to-back. It is what it is.”

“He was fine with it, which told me that it was the right thing,” said Rivers. “He didn’t put up a fight at all, that tells you we were probably a game or two too late. We should have done it a game earlier.”

Boston is in the middle of a West Coast road trip that will see the team play five games in seven days. The Celtics have dropped the first two games of it, losing back to back game to the Nuggets and the Lakers to begin the second half of the season.

Rivers went on to say that he would sit Garnett a few more times before the end of the regular season, and may do the same with some of his other players if he sees that they could use the rest.

  1. 13arod - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Be careful don’t rest them on a telvised game you eill get fined like the spurs did (:

  2. raidmagic - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Shouldn’t all game matter the same? where’s the fine?

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      I think the logic will be that the Celts are only sitting one guy. Not two or three.

      • jcmeyer10 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Not that I agree but I am just thinking like the King Stern.

      • andyhr17 - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        Resting one player and resting all of your main players is comparing apples to oranges.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    On a side note, Terrence Williams looks like someone who could be a long term fit with the Celtics.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      He’s always had the physical talent…hopefully he’s grown up mentally.

      If so, I agree 100%

      • jcmeyer10 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        Looks like he learned a lot from getting cast off to China. I am sure that he realizes how sweet an NBA gig is.

        Small sample size I know but every Celtic starts at zero.

  4. tiennguyen645 - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    DOC RIVER one of the big mouth coach in the NBA . What ever POPOVICH did he copy and do the same

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