The Boston Celtics currently have a 1/2 game lead on the Cleveland Cavaliers (who are currently trailing the Orlando Magic at haltime). The two teams play in Boston tomorrow at 8 PM on ESPN. This game will essentially decide the Eastern Conference as the winner will have a strangle hold on the conference with less than 5 games to play. The Cavs are hosting Orlando tonight before leaving for Boston. The Cavaliers are 1-9 on the second night of back to backs this year.
There has been talk that the Cavs will rest some of their key players as they have been known to do this year in most of their prime time games this season. Isaiah Thomas was asked about this at today’s practice and he said “I mean, at this point, I don’t care who plays.” he goes on to say that the Celtics will be ready no matter who is on the floor for the Cavs,
“If they don’t play, that’ll be good. If they do, we’ll be there at 8 o’clock to play them. I’m fine with either way they go. You can’t control that decision but, if they do play, it would definitely be a really good game and, if they don’t, we’ve just got to figure out how to get a win anyway.”
I would not be surprised to see the Cavs rest their starters because they always rest their starters in games the feel that they may lose. So that way they have a built in excuse if they lose. Also if the Celtics get a big lead early look for LeBron to do one of his patented fake injuries where he acts like he has been shot.
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Thomas also would go onto say that it was just another game. “It’s just another game,” said Thomas. “I think we’ve got to treat it like that. I mean being No. 1 in the standings, you don’t feel different. I don’t at least. I’m treating it like another game.”
Thomas and the Celtics have not played since Sunday’s thrashing of the New York Knicks at MSG. A game in which Isaiah had 19 points which snapped his streak of 4 consecutive 30 point games. It was only fourth time all year he had failed to score at least 20 points.
If you want to rest your starters early in the season, or maybe even the middle of the season, go ahead, but why the hell would you rest your starters late in the season, especially when you have looked as bad as the Cavs have looked recently? The Cavs were literally yelling at each other in their last game because they have NO clue on how to play together. It’s going to be real fun if the Celtics can get to the conference finals vs the Cavs, especially if the Celtics have home court advantage… Anyones series