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Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  February 12, 2014 06:49 PM

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In a lot ways, Brad Stevens can appreciate watching the Spurs play musical chairs with their lineup.

They toughing out their annual rodeo road trip, pushing through a stretch of nine-straight road games with a shorthanded roster, and they still have second-best record in the Western Conference.

No matter who they have on the floor, they manage to keep things running smoothly. Stevens pointed out the 32-points Patty Mills put up last Saturday pinch-hitting at point guard for Tony Parker as a prime example.

“I think some of the most inspiring basketball I’ve ever watched is when they don’t have all their players,” Stevens said. “[And] some of the most inspiring basketball I’ve ever watched is when they do have all players. I think they’re one of the very few elite teams in the league.

“They move the ball, they move bodies, they know their system inside and out. They can plug people into those spots and on any given night that person can have 20 or 25 points.”

They'll be without Parker again tonight against the Celtics. He was sent home by the team to get an early start on this weekend's all-star break.

STARTING LINEUPS

BOSTON CELTICS (18-34)PG Rajon Rondo
SG Jeff Green
SF Gerald Wallace
PF Brandon Bass
C Jared Sullinger

Inactives: Keith Bogans, Vitor Faverani

SAN ANTONIO SPURS (37-15)
PG Cory Joseph
SG Marco Belinelli
SF Danny Green
PF Tim Duncan
C Boris Diaw

Inactives: Tony Parker, Manu Ginolbili, Kawhi Leonard

Officials: Mike Callahan, Scott Wall, Marat Kogut

TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., CSNNE, WBZ-FM (98.5)

Pregame notes:

•Avery Bradley re-sprained the right ankle he originially injured in January and will sit out tonight and possibly tomorrow as well. Stevens said he hoped the ankle injury isn’t something that will linger too long.

“Hopefully it’s going to be something that’s not long term,” Stevens said. “It doesn’t look like it will be. It looks like it’s just the same as the first one. So not a long term thing.”

• Brandon Bass is back in the starting lineup after suffering a scratched cornea on Monday against the Bucks. Stevens said Bass didn’t have to wear goggles during shootaround and doesn’t expect him to wear them in-game.

“Brandon is good to go,” Stevens said. "That’s an uncomfortable feeling when it first happens. But he feels a lot better now.”

• The Spurs signed Brown to a second 10-day contract. The eight-year vet averaged 2.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 6.3 minutes in six games on his first stint.

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