The Celtics’ decision to sit Garnett is consistent with their philosophy but they can’t abandon the season, concede victories, and lose the momentum generated after Rajon Rondo’s season-ending knee injury.
“We’re practicing what we preach,” team president Danny Ainge said. “Health over playoff seeding. This is a perfect example. Listen, whomever we play [in the playoffs] is going to be a great team.
“But we don’t have much of a chance if we’re not healthy, especially with Rajon and [Leandro] Barbosa and [Jared Sullinger] out and all the things that have already happened that we have no chance of recovering. I mean if we don’t have our guys healthy that we have left, it’s not going to be fun. We have to be healthy.”