|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 4, 2012 at 4:40 AM|
“This season is nuts,’’ Rivers said.
The coach said not to be surprised if he decides to make lineup changes to give players a game off in this period of time. (Paul Pierce, however, said flatly, “They pay me to play in the games, so that’s my plan.”) Rivers said that if it comes down to getting his key players needed rest at the risk of tumbling in the standings, he will not hesitate.
“The thing is, we don’t know,’’ Rivers said about the upcoming stretch. “I wish I knew. I don’t have any idea how the guys are going to react to it, how their bodies are going to react to it. If we think we see something, we’ll change the lineup to get different guys more rest. Or we will sit a guy here and there. Who knows? I wish there was a formula for this. This stretch is going to be hard. That’s why it’s so nice going to into this stretch having won games.”
So how should the Celtics handle rest? Their in a division race which buys them the 4th seed, but they're also in the hunt for the third, fifth, and sixth seed. In most seasons Doc would rest his old core in the final week. This season the big three are playing less. KG is at 31 minutes per game, and most seasons it's up around 33. Pierce, and Allen are down from their normal 35-36 minutes per game to 34 minutes. So Doc isn't over playing them. I believe he should rest them. But when the time is right, and not all at the same time. Have one player sit out one game depending on match-up. So it still gives you a chance to win. I think he should rest all three during the back-to-back-to-back. Three of the worst teams in the league. At least rest one per game during that stretch. He shoudln't play the big three in all three games. It will be to risky.
I think Doc can do both. He can play to win, and he can rest his old big three. So any ideas on how Doc should rest his guys,or should he even go that route?