|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM|
The Celtics didn't practice Saturday, and the Celtics came out last night on fire Sunday night, and I believe some of that came from the extra rest. I think the Celtics are able to rest guys without practice, because this team already knows each other so well. The Celtics will have a chance to close out the Hawks tomorrow in Atlanta, and they can't take it lightly. The Celtics have had some issues in past closeout games on the road, but they have also won some great road games in past playoffs. My gut feeling says the Hawks win a close game, and I say that because their home. But I also factort that the Celtics are a team on a mission, and I think they want this series over, and they don't want to return to Boston.
Rest is important for many reasons. The Celtics can keep guys like Bradley, and Pierce resting. Of course Ray,and his bone spurs will get rest. KG,and Rondo can rest up with Bass as well. As for the status of Pierce, Ray, and Bradley moving forward, Rivers hinted that guys like Pierce, Allen, and Bradley likely remain game-time decisions for game 5.
“I have no idea," Rivers said of Pierce. "You know, with a couple of guys, actually three of them, we literally don’t know. So we’ll find out.”
I think they'll all play. Doc is being cautious, as he should. In this season of injuries. You just don't know.
"We overplayed [the veterans in Game 4], and gave them the day off, and they came out with this effort," said Rivers. "I think, over the long run, you have to be right. If you can get two or three of these [lopsided] games [that allow your team to rest], then it has to help.”
The C's should have a lot of rest going into game 5. The day off today, and the minutes saved after they beat down of the Hawks. Rest shouldn't be an excuse tomorrow if the Celtics can't close out Atlanta.