The Boston Celtics are heading into a big playoff-preview game tonight, up against an Atlanta Hawks team they'll likely face next week in the first round of the postseason. But apparently they're not taking it seriously -- coach Doc Rivers is resting his starters, according to Comcast SportsNet.
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Rajon Rondo (sore back), Ray Allen (sore ankle) and Mickael Pietrus (sore knee) are all injury scratches for the C's tonight; Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, however, are perfectly healthy but likely to sit anyway.
If they indeed sit all five veteran stars, the Celtics' most likely starting five consists of guards Avery Bradley and Keyon Dooling, forwards Sasha Pavlovic and Brandon Bass, and center Greg Stiemsma. The Celtics are currently 37-26, half a game behind the Hawks for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. A loss tonight likely means the C's open the postseason on the road next weekend.