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Pregame: Anthony starts at center

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- With his team playing their fourth exhibition game in six nights, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said it's likely he'll limit the minutes of those veterans that have played major minutes this week.

But Stevens said there's only one change to the starting lineup as Joel Anthony will start at center in place of Kelly Olynyk. He'll be joined on the first unit by Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Evan Turner, and Jared Sullinger.

Gerald Wallace is the only player that dressed for Friday's loss in Toronto that will not dress on Saturday against the New York Knicks. But Stevens, who rested Bradley for much of the second half during Friday's loss in Toronto, expects to go easy on some of his other mainstays.

"I'm probably not going to play [Olynyk] very much tonight, and I may sit the starters that have been playing the most minutes -- the Evan Turners, the Bradleys, guys like that," said Stevens. "I’m going to play it by ear. We haven't been able to get all of the bigs as many minutes as I would have liked in the first three [exhibition games], so I wanted Joel to play and I want Dwight Powell to play. Those are the two guys that I wanted to make sure we get more minutes tonight."

The Celtics were late arrivers at Mohegan Sun after their bus encountered traffic on a trek from the team's practice facility in Waltham. The team's reward after Saturday's game: An offday Sunday and two days of practice before playing again on Wednesday in Portland, Maine.

The Knicks, idle since Wednesday's loss to the Celtics in Hartford, will trot out a starting lineup of Jose Calderon, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Quincy Acy and Samuel Dalembert.