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Pregame: C's opt to rest starters

The Boston Celtics elected to rest their Big Four Monday, removing Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett from their starting lineup. Boston instead went with a group featuring Delonte West, Von Wafer, Jeff Green, Glen Davis, and Jermaine O'Neal.

Here's more from the Associated Press:

Coach Doc Rivers said Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo would not play Monday night against the Washington Wizards. Rivers also said Paul Pierce probably wouldn't play, and that Jermaine O'Neal would see limited minutes.

Rivers said he plans to rest his stars again for the regular-season finale Wednesday against the New York Knicks, but he might change his mind if Miami were to lose at Atlanta on Monday.

Despite Sunday's loss to the Heat, the Celtics still had a chance to catch Miami for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Rivers said his players need a break so that he can have good practices Thursday through Saturday before the playoffs start.

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