|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 29, 2012 at 7:30 AM|
I was posting during the Celtics five game losing streak just before the All-Star break that I felt like they could go on a run after the break. I pointed out some of the best runs after the break, and a lot of those teams moved on to win it all. It's hard to say if the Celtics are their, but it's much better than the alternative. Only the Bulls,and Spurs have a better post All-Star break. record. The Celtics are currently 13-5 after the break. The Celtics are also over .500 by 6 games the largest difference of the season.Despite the Celtics great record after the break, and pulling even with the Sixers. The one focus is health.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers admits he's not quite sure of the best way for his team to attack the final month of the season as far as balancing rest versus pushing for a higher playoff seeding. One thing he made clear Wednesday night is that health remains the priority in his mind.
"I don't know the answers," said Rivers. "So if you guys have any suggestions, we're going to put a box up [outside the locker room] and then just slip your little message in there, because really, I don’t think anybody knows. The way to do it is get up by 10 games, like some of the teams are, and they can rest. At the end of the day, if it came down to seeding or health, I’m going to choose health. You’d rather have a better seed, but you can go wherever you want, if you’re not healthy, it doesn’t matter anyway. Especially with us.
That's really the truth. Health is the most important thing for this group. I think the Celtics will be fine if they go 10-6 the rest of the way. I think they can pull off a record like that with rest. I think the role players have stepped up all season. I think it will be a great test for them if Doc sits the big four a few games.