PHILADELPHIA — The Celtics would rather play than rest as long as the playoffs continue, but if they could find some time to rest while advancing, they would cherish it.
Rest would help Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and several other players who have carried a heavy load for the Celtics, but two ailing members of the team would probably get no benefit, no matter how much time off they receive. The bone spurs in Ray Allen's right ankle and the recurrent injury to Avery Bradley's left shoulder are unlikely to improve with just a few days on the couch.
"The other guys, rest is important, Kevin and all those other guys," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday before his team played the Sixers in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. "Ray and Avery, they're not just going to get better, so rest makes no difference. It's going to come down to day-to-day and if they feel better or not."
Check out Rivers' full comments in the video above.