But that puts Rivers and the Celtics in the precarious position of trying to win so that they can avoid Miami in the playoffs, while also resting the players that help them win.
“Let’s say we need to win them all, but Kevin and Paul were struggling,” Rivers said. “Then you would have to rest Kevin and Paul and hope you can win the game.
“That’s just the way it is. I don’t love being in that situation, honestly. I’d love not to be, but that’s the situation we’re in.”
Few, if any, situations the Celtics have faced this season have been ideal, and that will continue to season’s end, but the Celtics can’t afford to look ahead. Not yet.
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