Report: Add KG and Pierce to C’s Inactives
Already without the services of Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo (both are back in Boston dealing with injuries), the Celtics will probably sit both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce tonight as well, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
Both players (Pierce and Garnett) were at the team’s shootaround at Georgia Tech University, but neither will play. Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Mickael Pietrus are back in Boston, meaning the starting lineup tonight is likely Avery Bradley, Keyon Dooling, Sasha Pavlovic, Brandon Bass and Greg Stiemsma.
The move sends a clear message from Celtics’ coach Doc Rivers that the team will focus on getting players healthy and rested rather than pushing hard to lock up home court advantage. Boston is locked in to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, but could start the playoffs on the road if the fifth seed (currently the Hawks) has a better record. Atlanta enters tonight’s game with a half game lead over the Celtics and will move two games ahead in the loss column with a win.