Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe is reporting that Miami will be at full strength as the Celtics take on the Heat tonight in South Beach. Spoelstra's been resting his starters intermittently since their win streak was snapped, but they'll all see time tonight against the C's. With the #1 overall seed locked up, it's a curious decision. My guess is that they want to send a message to one of the few teams they fear in the Eastern Conference. Boston, on the other hand, still has some jockeying to do in the standings. Their magic number to clinch the #7 seed over Milwaukee is 2 and they've still got a chance at #6 with Atlanta holding a two-game lead in the loss column. For those scoreboard watching, the Hawks face the Bucks tonight.
The team is still citing "personal reasons" for PP's absence from shootaround. This is after Doc was certain that he'd play today after missing Monday's game in Minnesota. The Celtics are only a game ahead of the eighth seeded Bucks with Milwaukee owning the tie breaker. Tonight isn't a necessarily a must win, but it would be nice to sweep the 4-game homestand against Detroit, Cleveland, Washington, and Brooklyn. The Pistons are no joke either; they've won both previous games against the C's in convincing fashion.
No Paul pierce tonight— greg dickerson (@gdickerson_csn) April 1, 2013
All signs pointed to him sitting out after tweaking his ankle last night against the Knicks, but the Celtics are citing "personal reasons" rather than scheduled rest or injury for his absence. Courtney Lee returns to the starting line-up. No point in speculating why The Captain is out, but let's just hope everything is O.K. back home. UPDATE: Doc said that it isn't bad news and that PP will be playing Wednesday night vs. the Pistons.