Because of Miami's 94-86 double-overtime victory over New Jersey on Wednesday night, the Heat moved into the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings and will face the Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Each Boston Celtics playoff game will be broadcast on the WEEI Sports Radio Network. Conflicting Red Sox games will be broadcast on WRKO 680AM. Here is the complete schedule:
 

Boston vs. Miami

Is it fair to call a season that saw the Boston Celtics win 50 games and the Atlantic Division (by 11 games) a disappointment?



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Because the game was meaningless in the standings, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins sat out Wendesday’s regular-season finale against the Bucks at TD Garden. Rajon Rondo (21 points) was the only Celtics starter in action against Milwaukee as the Celtics lost, 106-95. Luke Ridnour and Jerry Stackhouse led the Bucks with 17 points each. For more Celtics news, check out the Green Street blog.

The last thing the Celtics needed heading into the playoffs was another distraction about their future, but that’s exactly what they got when a story about Doc Rivers landed in the Boston Herald Wednesday morning. The story noted that the team had approached the coach with the idea of a contract extension and Rivers declined to have the discussion until the summer.



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With one game left in the regular season, and their No. 4 seed secure, Doc Rivers elected to sit Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, as well as Kendrick Perkins. The decision to sit Perkins is a strategic one as he has 15 technical fouls. If he received his 16th he would be subject to a one-game suspension and Rivers said the team couldn't get clarification from the league one whether the suspension would take place in the first game of the playoffs, or the first game next season.

Sources have told the Boston Herald that Celtics coach Doc Rivers is leaning toward not coming back next season. 

 

It may not have been how the Celtics envisioned it at the start of the season, but as the playoffs approach, they’re driving forward with their championship ambitions — regardless of the starting point.



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According to a report on the website for television station WGGB in Springfield, the Celtics will sign former UMass forward Tony Gaffney today. The 6-8 forward was one of the last cuts by the Lakers in training camp and then went to Israel where he suffered a broken foot in his first month with Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elyon. He was named the Atlantic-10's Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season.

Michael Finley walked into the Celtics locker room and tossed a towel at Marquis Daniels.

“You’re still my rookie,” he said with a laugh.



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Celtics guard Ray Allen was a guest of the Dale & Holley show Monday morning and addressed Friday night's debacle, when the team was booed by TD Garden fans during an embarrassing loss to the Wizards. "It's disappointing anytime your home fans boo," Allen said. "Obviously, nobody on the team wants to lay an egg out there on the floor." Added Allen: "The one thing I would say is it's so much easier for us when the fans encourage us. ... Booing's hard [to take], but at the end of the day, we have to go out and do our job."