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Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  April 19, 2010 04:10 PM

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Doc Rivers didn't want to say who he'd put on the floor in place of the suspended Kevin Garnett. Glen Davis was working with the starting unit during the portion of practice open to the media. However, Rasheed Wallace was also in the huddle while Rivers explained plays.

Wallace has nearly 200 games worth of postseason experience, and was brought in as an insurance policy for Garnett. Davis averaged 15.8 points a night, blossoming in last-year's playoffs with Garnett out because of a season-ended knee injury.

Rajon Rondo said, "I think Baby’s starting, but we’ve just got to get the job done. Baby’s ready to play, Rasheed’s ready to play, so is Shelden [Williams]."

Wallace had one of his best night's this season, a 16-point nine-rebound fill-in job for Garnett who sat out the Celtics 112-106 win over the Heat Jan. 6 with a hyperextended right knee.

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"We’re all interchangeable," Davis said. "I’ve been lucky to have experience in the playoffs at a starting position. Sheed’s been blessed enough to be in this league successful at the power forward position. So any one of us can really start. It all depends on how the coach wants it."

Knowing they've beaten the Heat without Garnett, gives the Celtics some confidence, they aren't leaning on that win.

"It’s funny you have Kevin out and we have played them one time without Kevin and we did well. So that gives us a little bit of confidence. But it’s a whole different game obviously now. It’s played at a higher level than that game was played, so we have to be ready."

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