Celtics Resting Starters Before Playoffs Begin

Celtics rest Garnett, Allen, Rondo vs. Wizards

      WASHINGTON (AP) – The Boston Celtics have decided that rest is
more important than seeding.
      Coach Doc Rivers said Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo
would not play Monday night against the Washington Wizards. Rivers
also said Paul Pierce probably wouldn't play, and that Jermaine
O'Neal would see limited minutes.
      Rivers said he plans to rest his stars again for the
regular-season finale Wednesday against the New York Knicks, but he
might change his mind if Miami were to lose at Atlanta on Monday.
      Despite Sunday's loss to the Heat, the Celtics still had a
chance to catch Miami for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
      Rivers said his players need a break so that he can have good
practices Thursday through Saturday before the playoffs start.
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