Friday , Mar , 20 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Doc Rivers: We Won’t Catch Cleveland for First Seed

The Celtics have 13 games left in the regular season, but coach Doc Rivers has conceded the top seed in the Eastern Conference to Cleveland.

Rivers said the Celtics, 51-18 after a 112-108 overtime win over Miami last night, are concentrating on the No. 2 spot.

"We’ve earned the record that we have right now," he said. "We’re not going to catch Cleveland, but we still have a chance to hold onto the second part of that. The bottom line is these are not injuries where guys are not going to come back – they are going to come back – and we have time to put the pieces together. We know the picture of the puzzle, we just don’t have the pieces in place. We’ll get them together, it’s just going to take time."