“Hopefully we’ll get those guys back here soon and all that will be over with.”
Rivers said both Garnett and Pierce could return as soon as Sunday against Washington, which would provide a much-needed boost.
Rivers also made it clear that while his team would like to avoid Miami in the first round, it will be ready no matter the matchup.
“No matter who we play,” he added, “we’re going to play a tough team. It’s going to be New York, Indiana, or Miami. There are no cakewalks for us. It’s going to be hard.”
Nor will these remaining regular-season games be cakewalks for these Celtics, especially if the club continues to be without its most important players.
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