MIAMI -- Talking with reporters a little less than an hour before tipoff, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers remained coy on his starting lineup, suggesting the team might sit one more starter beyond Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
"It’s something to do with injury, but not anything serious," said Rivers, who said the player was going through pregame warm-ups to gauge his availability.
As for the Heat, Rivers said the Celtics were braced for them to play at least two of their Big Three, but said it doesn't impact their game plan much with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the floor.
"I could care less," said Rivers. "That doesn’t have anything to do with us. That’s more for them."
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his team would run Wade hard after missing the last six games, but it won't quite be full throttle.
"We want him to blow it out and get his wind so we will just read it as the game goes," said Spoelstra. "He won't play his normal 34 to 36 minutes."