ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 29: Mickael Pietrus #28 of the Boston Celtics defends a pass to Tracy McGrady #1 of the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 29, 2012 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The Celtics won twice in a 24-hour span in late January with a Bradley-Pietrus starting backcourt – 91-83 at Orlando and 94-87 over Indiana in Boston. Neither guard generated significant numbers, but Bradley’s defense against the Magic’s Jameer Nelson and the Pacers’ Darren Collison set the tone.
"We’ve gone down this road before, with injury, we played well in that stretch,’’ Rivers said. "This is a resilient basketball team. That’s what we’ve been all year. I don’t know whether we are going to win or lose tomorrow but I can guarantee you we’ll be ready to play.’’
"We pay everybody. I say that all the time and I say it as a joke but I mean it,'' Rivers said. "We pay everybody. We just don't pay five or six guys. We pay them to be ready. Someone is going to have to step up for us.