As the NBA regular season approaches its conclusion, playoff teams are now in the processing of preparing for the postseason. Some teams appear to be peaking at the right time, like the red-hot Dallas Mavericks or the East-leading Chicago Bulls. Others seem to be fading, like the defense-less New York Knicks. Other teams are just trying to figure what they're going to have for personnel come playoff time, and how to go about the rest of the regular season.
This is where we find the Boston Celtics.
At 50-21, the Celtics are second in the Eastern Conference, two-and-a-half games behind the Bulls, and only a half game up on the Miami Heat. Boston has battled injuries for much of the year with Delonte West, both O'Neals, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins (when he was still in Boston) and Rajon Rondo all battling various ailments game at different times over the course of the season. Despite leading the Eastern Conference for much of the season, they have recently hit a rough patch, losing the lead in the East to Chicago and feeling pressure from the Heat.
The injury woes of Rajon Rondo are definitely the greatest concern as of late. He's battled plantar fasciitis for much of the year and has also been battling ankle issues. He's suffering from a sprained pinkie finger, which he first hurt on March 19th against New Orleans. He's been playing with it since then, but it's become enough of an issue for the team to scratch him for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With the injuries befalling this team, the best thing the Celtics can do is give Rondo plenty of rest for the finally 11 games of the regular season and allow him recuperate in time for the playoffs. The Celtics can't afford to have him playing at less than 100 percent, and it has extra benefits for the team as well.
Let's take a look at why the Celtics need to take it easy for the rest of the season and rest their star point guard.