With the Celtics wrapping up their season tonight against the Bucks, a slight distraction crept up in the form of a Herald story that Doc Rivers could be leaving after the season. Rivers, who was quoted in the story saying he’d evaluate his future with the team during the summer as he does after every seasonswatted the report down, calling it a “a non-story.” But he’ll address it again before tonight’s game.
There’s also the matter of how much the Rivers plans to play his starters, if at all. He said there was a chance he would play Kevin Garnett both in last night’s game against Chicago and tonight for short minutes. Garnett played 28 minutes last night, sitting out a long stretch from the third through the fourth quarter. Paul Pierce (33 minutes), Ray Allen (36), and Rajon Rondo were all on the floor for long stretches while Kendrick Perkins played only 26 minutes.
The Celtics are locked into the fourth seed, and the only incentive to win tonight is to knock the Bucks down to the sixth spot. Milwaukee (45-36) needs a win and a Miami (46-35) loss to clinch the fifth spot and set up a first-round matchup with the Celtics.