Skip to content

Doc Rivers is thinking more about rest than playoff seeds

Feb 25, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. John Wall got a $20,000 portrait of himself for his birthday (PHOTO)

    Sep 3, 2015, 11:15 PM EDT

    John Wall John Wall

    The street artist Madsteez painted the commissioned piece.

  2. Utah’s Dante Exum underwent knee surgery Thursday, likely out for season

    Sep 3, 2015, 7:04 PM EDT

    Dante Exum AP

    He tore the ACL last month playing for Australia.

  3. Ricky Rubio is confident Timberwolves not looking to trade him

    Sep 3, 2015, 5:09 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings Getty Images

    The trade speculation around him is not based in reality.

  4. Report: Kings signing Eric Moreland

    Sep 3, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT

    Moreland was reportedly considering Pistons and Lakers

  5. Report: J.R. Smith’s 2015-16 salary becomes fully guaranteed Monday

    Sep 3, 2015, 2:21 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Shaun Livingston, Harrison Barnes AP

    Cavaliers craft unusual contract to give Smith a partial guarantee next season

  6. Doc Rivers says Paul Pierce chose Clippers over Celtics this summer

    Sep 3, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston Reuters

    He will be remembered as a Celtic, but Los Angeles is his hometown.

Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (2207)
  2. K. Irving (1820)
  3. A. Davis (1651)
  4. L. James (1486)
  5. K. Bryant (1419)
  1. K. Durant (1369)
  2. A. Aminu (1266)
  3. T. Thompson (1243)
  4. M. Leonard (1229)
  5. A. Jefferson (1222)