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Celtics take Saturday off

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Celtic coach Doc Rivers is pointing his troops towards rest on Saturday.Coming off an overtime win Game 3 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics will take Saturday off to rest and recover with a quick turnaround before Sunday's Game 4.

Veterans like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have logged big minutes in consecutive games, while Ray Allen played 37 minutes in his return to the court Friday night. What's more, starting shooting guard Avery Bradley injured his left shoulder and will be reevaluated today to determine if he'll be able to get back on the floor Sunday.

As Celtics coach Doc Rivers explained after Friday's game: "We’re giving them the day off tomorrow because they’re exhausted. And I don’t want Ray in the gym because he would do something -- he would shoot or something. So that’s unusual for us in the playoffs to take a day off, but they need one.”

Garnett hinted that the practice facility will probably still see some green-clad bodies Saturday afternoon.

"Rest is important, but rhythm is more important, so, some guys will take the rest and some guys will come in and keep it a steady day," he said.