No lineup changes for Sixers, Celtics

Sixers coach Doug Collins said he will stick with Elton Brand in the starting lineup despite Brand’s struggles and despite the emergence of rookie Lavoy Allen. Collins said Brand has “meant too much to this team” over the years, and that he feels loyalty to Brand.

The Miami Heat made a change in their starting lineup, inserting Dexter Pittman at the center position in Game 3 last night. Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked about teams making lineup changes in the middle of playoff series.

“If you have to do it you have to do it,” Rivers said. “It’s one game at a time, and you have to win that game. But I don’t do it very often. Sometimes you sub early, something like that. I’m a big believer in continuity.”

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Rivers replaced Ray Allen with Avery Bradley in the Celtics starting lineup earlier this season. It looks like that’s here to stay.

JaJuan Johnson and Sean Williams are inactive for the Celtics.