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Celtics shootaround report from Charlotte

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  March 12, 2013 12:24 PM

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Celtics end a two-game road trip here Tuesday night, as they face the 13-50 Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Bobcats beat the Celtics, 94-91, when these teams played here on Feb. 11. That game, though, was the second of a back-to-back for the Celtics and followed their triple-overtime win vs. Denver.

The Celtics return to Boston on Wednesday, when they will face face the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden.

Here are a few notes from Tuesday morning's shootaround:

• Terrence Williams played 38 total minutes in his first two games as a member of the Boston Celtics. Since then, the guard/forward has played 21 total minutes in the past 7 games, including not playing at all in close wins at Utah and at Indiana. Coach Doc Rivers said there's not much Williams can to do break into the lineup right now because other players in front of him are playing so well. "I don't know why we would change our rotation to just push somebody else in," Rivers said. Williams had a team-first response when asked about his playing time. "We've won 5 of 6," he said. "I don't worry about minutes."

• Rivers said this is normally the time of the season when he shortens the rotation to about eight players, but that he hasn't done it because it's more important to get a little bit more rest for the 35-and-up group of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. "With this group, we won’t shorten it up anytime soon," Rivers said.

• Rivers said he's all for playing some of the newer additions, such as Williams, Jordan Crawford, D.J. White and Shavlik Randolph, even though the team is in a tight playoff race in terms of the seedings and those players are still adjusting to the Celtics system. Rivers said he does want to start playing another "big" such as White or Randolph. "Not because I want to see him play, I just think we should do it," Rivers said, "because we need the rest with the other guys."

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