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Doc Rivers is thinking more about rest than playoff seeds

Feb 25, 2013, 5:36 PM EST

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As we move into the final quarter of the season, we’re going to see the experienced coaches with veteran teams — Gregg Popovich, for example — rest some players. After what David Stern did to the Spurs earlier this season we may have a lot of guys “injured” for a night, but the idea will be rest.

Doc Rivers is thinking that in Boston. His team is going to be the road team all playoffs and have a real uphill battle without Rajon Rondo.

So he’s looking at rest over better seeds for his players, he told ESPNBoston.com.

“Listen we’re not going to be a 1 seed, we know that, so we just want to be a seed,” Rivers said before Friday’s game in Phoenix… “The neat thing is that we are very close to the fifth seed… But [the focus is] going to be health now for sure for us.”

Boston has 18 of its last 30 on the road, so rest is going to matter. Hopefully the league will let the coaches coach their teams and not try to dictate who plays when as the season winds down.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Doc Rivers is playing this one right.

  2. ultichiva - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    http://www.firevinny.com
    Doc to tha Clip show..

    • money2long - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      i think it’d be pretty tough for doc to leave. but i wonder if garnett would consider finding a better situation if his leader (rivers) leaves the team.

    • pellypell - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      fireULTICHIVA.com

  3. larrybrown43 - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Just more proof that the NBA regular season is virtually meaningless. It’s too long, games are pointless, and there are too many teams.

    • badintent - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      you’re right. Cut the seeds to only 5 , the top seed gets a bye.THEN you get some serious effort in the last half of the season.

      • thestudiokida - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        In this scenario the serious effort would be on the side of the teams tanking for draft picks. NBA needs its playoff spots to keep teams honest.

  4. lphboston - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Yeah, well I think Doc will go balls to the wall in the last few games if the Celts are in danger of falling to the 8 seed

  5. scalfor3 - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I think they want to avoid Indiana in the first round. They match up better with the Knicks/Brooklyn than Indy

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