MIAMI – Unfortunately for Celtics coach Doc Rivers, Miami counterpart Erik Spoelstra is not resting his starters for tonight’s clash between the Celtics and Heat.
Spoelstra said all of his Big Three will play tonight with Dwyane Wade will return after a six-game absence to rest his right knee, LeBron James will play after missing three of the past five games to rest sore hamstrings while Chris Bosh will return after a three-game break to rest his knees.
Spoelstra said Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier will not play for rest purposes. For the Celtics, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will not play and did not appear at the media portion of shootaround. The Celtics need one win or a Milwaukee Bucks loss to clinch the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
It will be the first game James has played against the Celtics since president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said it was “almost embarrassing” for James to complain about officiating and Heat president responded to Ainge but telling him to “shut the (expletive) up.”