Coach Doc Rivers said Pierce and Ray Allen will be candidates for added minutes as the Celtics await the return of Tony Allen (thumb surgery), Kevin Garnett (knee strain), and Brian Scalabrine (concussion, scheduled for more tests).
Pierce played all but the last 18 seconds in Sunday’s loss to Detroit.
Great news. Guess Doc doesn’t have one ounce of faith in Bill Walker or J.R. Giddens. One might interpret their lack of playing time as a knock on Danny Ainge. What kind of GM drafts useless bodies?
Sounds like Pierce is asking for some rest:
“Doc’s aware of it and he’s going to always try to get me more rest,” Pierce said. “Whether it’s playing other guys or playing guys out of position, it’s important we go into the postseason rested and also healthy.”
and for the rookies to see court time:
“They’ve been around and they’ve practiced all year long,” Pierce said. “So they can give us some minutes. The guys around them on the second unit can guide them along and we’ll have to throw them into the fire and see what they can do.”