With the Boston Celtics crushing loss to the Miami Heat, their chances of retaking the Eastern Conference's second seed were heavily diminished.
So diminished in fact that Celtics Coach Doc Rivers decided to pull the pin on the regular season altogether.
Despite still having a slight statistical chance of edging back into second place, Rivers decided to rest his entire starting lineup — Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal and Ray Allen.
In their place a bunch of reserves, free agent signings and D-League call ups.
While this is bad news for anyone who bought tickets to the last few Celtics games of the regular season, it is good news for those with playoff tickets.
The Celtics are expected to enter the playoffs fitter, healthier and better rested than they have been since the preseason.
And this means fans can expect much better performances from the Celtics 'Big Four' than the feeble effort on display against the Heat last week.