With only two games left in the regular season (thank God) and the number two seed looking unlikely (damn), Doc Rivers will have to decide whether to rest his starters for the playoffs.
“That’s something we do have to think about,” Rivers said. “Not sure what’s better for us, just sitting it out or playing the next two.”
I’m torn. From where I sit, the Celtics quite obviously need a rest to recharge their batteries. But if the goal is still winning a championship (and I assume it is), the Celtics will still need to beat a Western Conference foe in the NBA Finals. That’s where these final two games could prove important, even if the East’s number two seed is already out of Boston’s grasp (which it might not be; Boston still only trails Miami by one game, and Atlanta tonight isn’t a total gimme for the Heat).
As many games as the Lakers have lost in a row, they’re still the Western Conference favorites. They’re also tied with Boston in the standings. Since the Lakers own the tiebreaker between the two teams, the Celtics need to finish the season one game ahead in order to host a potential Celtics-Lakers Finals series. With L.A. struggling mightily and playing the San Antonio Spurs tomorrow night, a 2-0 finish from Boston could be enough to earn the Celtics home court advantage in the Finals.
The Finals, you say? The Finals? I just want to win a game! Well, if you’re like me, you’re still holding onto hope even though the Celtics are trying their best to take it all away. The part of me that still has hope tells me the Lakers will be Boston’s NBA Finals opponent. And it’d be nice to have Game 7 at home this season, no?