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The Celtics will get a good look at their bench tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers because coach Doc Rivers will hold out Kevin Garnett and limit Paul Pierce in the first game of a back-to-back. Rivers wanted Garnett to play Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics’ first game of the season at TD Garden.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS
PG Rajon Rondo
SG Courtney Lee
SF Paul Pierce
PF Jared Sullinger
C Darko Milicic

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
PG Jrue Holiday
SG Jason Richardson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Lavoy Allen

Pregame notes:

  • Chris Wilcox continues to be sidelined indefinitely with a lower back injury, although he is working out lightly before games.
  • The Sixers will be without Andrew Bynum (bone bruise, right knee) and Kwame Brown (left calf strain). Lavoy Allen, who gave the Celtics so much trouble during the playoff series last season will start.
  • Rivers continued to lobby for Doug Collins as the 2016 US Olympics team coach, although Rivers appears to be a candidate himself. Regardless, Rivers said, it will be difficult for an NBA coach to lead the team because he’ll be leading all NBA players who may carry grudges if they don’t get desired minutes.
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