The Boston Celtics have proven in the past couple years that no matter how many sub-par games they play or nights they “take off,” they bring the ruckus when it really matters.
The current situation of elite teams, particularly in the Eastern Conference, leaves little necessity to over-exert during the regular season when a decent playoff position is essentially guaranteed.
Still, it's nice to see the Celtics using their vast amount of potential early in the regular season. It makes their regular season games more exciting, and it bestows a sense of confidence when playoffs roll around.
I completely endorse the Celtics making maximum rest throughout the year a priority. In no way would I hope that Doc Rivers or any of the players would push the slightest of nagging injuries. He should deal out nights off when it's not only necessary but cautionary.
I do, however, like to see the Celtics playing with the intensity that reflects a desire to win every possible game, regardless of the lineup.