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Rest for weary veterans and a chance to work with the new guys is exactly what this time off is perfect for.
The Celtics will play on Friday and then not again until Tuesday. Which is good considering the grueling West coast trip they just completed. Doc gave everyone two full days off to recharge and will use the rest of the time to get the new guys on the team acclimated.
Neither Crawford nor Williams has practiced with the Celtics since joining the team and both have been working with a limited playbook. Rivers will work extensively with both during this lighter part of the schedule as he tries to bring them up to speed. "It’s going to take them a while," Rivers said.
The C's also have to get a look at D.J. White over the next few days and see if he'll be able to contribute up front and warrant a longer look, or whether his stay will be brief and uneventful.
Of course, the caution here is that unless they do something to really win over the team or unless there's yet another injury, the new guys might just not end up playing all that much. For one thing, it took a lot of the Celtics months to really figure out how to play the Celtics defensive system properly. If you aren't a top of the line player and you don't play good defense, you don't play. On Monday night, they simply didn't play (Crawford was yanked quickly after an ill advised wild shot).
On the flipside, the Celtics 8 man rotation is going to need more rest from anywhere they can get it. All the guys the Celtics have brought in have talent if used properly. Here's hoping that they can learn up the defense enough to earn some minutes and give the vets on the team a little more rest. If nothing else, they are around for mop up duty and a few quick change of pace minutes here and there.