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Veterans have tough task getting new guys ready for the playoffs

Posted by shawn cassidy on April 5, 2013 at 5:30 AM

The Celtics have three veterans with a bunch of young guys who have very little playoff experience. Those three veterans have won NBA titles. When it comes to the playoffs the Celtics may face issues that will halt their title hopes. Jeff Green has a lot to prove this season when the games matter. Terry will resume his role as 6th man when Green stays in the starting lineup.

Celtics veterans prepping newcomers for playoffs-CSNNE

"You've got a lot of guys who still got a lot to prove in the playoffs," Pierce said. "These guys are excited, a lot of guys who have never even played in the playoffs. So I think with the anticipation of that, this opportunity to kind of show their worth and have a chance to really step up their game. It's going to be easy for this group."

With Green staying put in the starting lineup, Terry will once again be looked upon to anchor the bench, especially so in the postseason. He know what he has to do, and that he was brought on for a postseason run just like the one the Celtics are about to embark on. He expects the newcomers - even the ones who might not play much - to know what they need to do too.

"We just told them do your role," Terry said. "Whatever your role is for this team to be successful, we need you to do that. We have to count on you to be able to come in and play your role and do it at a high level, because you never know when you're going to be called upon. I was just talking to one of the coaches, NBA Finals, two years ago Brian Cardinal hadn't played in two months. Coach Carlisle threw him in there, he got a charge, scored a three-pointer, I mean and he was just ready. And every man has to be ready.

The writing had been on the wall for a few weeks now, but the Celtics "officially" made the playoffs after Wednesday's win over the Pistons. Nobody is celebrating that fact. As Pierce said after the game, they expected to make the playoffs. But for guys like Williams, it's a new - and good - feeling.

"I guess yesterday was the clinch or berth," Williams said. "See I didn't even know none of that, because I never been in that position. But it's definitely exciting to play basketball after basketball. To be able to play after the season is over. I've been on the team where you're like, 'OK, we have six games left, seven games left' then you take vacation. So it's definitely big. I feel honored to be going to the playoffs. I've never been."

If Williams is wondering at all what it'll feel like, Pierce had a message for him and fellow teammates.

"I would tell them to go back and look at the Miami game," he said. "If you have to point out one game, the type of atmosphere it's going to be, the type of intensity. You have to go back and look at that game and say this is just a sample of how the playoffs are. [The playoffs are] a little bit more intensified, but that's as close as you're going to get to playoff basketball."

This will be a good learning tool for Green, and others who will be here next season with Rondo. A lot will be asked of Green, and Bradley. Next season they can use that with Rondo.

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11:10 AM on April 5, 2013 
Jeff Green is the guy that needs to show what he's able to do. Its good now,but stepping up in the playoffs speaks volumes about players.