BOSTON -- A collection of pregame news and notes before the Boston Celtics host the Indiana Pacers Friday night at the TD Garden:
The rundown (a quick look at the pregame headlines)
Doc: No change on the horizon
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he pondered personnel changes after Wednesday's lopsided loss to the Grizzlies, but ultimately decided the lineup and rotation wasn't the issue.
"Not a thing," Rivers said when asked if anything would change. "I gave it a lot of thought, but I didn't think we needed to do it. I like our team. I don't think we need [personnel] change, we have to change how we're doing things -- playing harder, playing better. Personnel changes, we don't need it."
After Kendrick Perkins suggested in the locker room that Boston needed more practice time, Rivers agreed and noted the team would likely go hard Saturday before trekking to Cleveland for Sunday's showdown with the Cavaliers. Finally boasting a healthy roster, Perkins and Rivers both suggested every minute of practice time is valuable for this team.
"Usually, [Saturday] would be a walkthrough day, but we'll probably go hard," said Rivers. "Win or lose, we have to. It'll probably affect us [Sunday], but we have to get through this period. If it hurts our legs when the game starts, we'll find that out, but at the end of the day, that's not my focus."
Rivers open to sitting KG and Pierce
In a bit of a change of course, Rivers acknowledged that, if it benefits Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to sit out upcoming games, then he's open to letting them rest.
"Let's be honest, if they're not at the peak, then it's going to be very tough for us to do anything," said Rivers. "Not just those two, it's the whole team, but those guys are the two best players. We have to have them playing at their peak... whenever the playoffs start. Whatever way we have to do it, we have to do it. If that means working them more in practice and missing games, then that's what we have to do. And that's what we're going to do."
Previously, Rivers maintained that Garnett and Pierce needed court time in order to find their rhythms during game action. Now he seems open to the idea that, if they can find that rhythm on the practice court, then he's willing to sit them at times over the final 19 games.
Loose Balls: Daniels feels fine, Scalabrine sits again
Marquis Daniels, who tweaked his right hip in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies, indicated he's feeling fine and expects to be full strength against the Pacers ... According to the pregame lineup card, Brian Scalabrine is set to be the team's lone inactive tonight ... Ray Allen engaged in a light-hearted chat with the media, admitting he critiques how media members dress for games and practices. Allen noted how dress code has evolved in the NBA and even revealed his playbook for dressing at home versus on the road.