Sunday , Mar , 23 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Doc Rivers not Going to Rest Boston Celtics’ Big Three

"We are just going to play our guys," Rivers said. "Clearly, you want to cut down minutes. But I’m not a big believer, the same like the Patriots. You don’t change what you’re doing.

"You may rest them in games as far as how many minutes they play. But no, you just keep playing because of rhythm. You need rhythm. It’s a rhythm game."

Ray Allen agreed. "I don’t want to get to the point where you lose rhythm," he said. "We have to keep forcing our hand like there is no tomorrow so we don’t get too big for our own britches.

"You have to continue to build and always get better and for everybody to keep doing the same thing over and over again. We have a good enough rotation."

A major concern entering the season was how much Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce would have to play. But with the team displaying depth and winning by large margins, their minutes have not been a problem. []