Bucks to rest several key players in season finale vs. Celtics


BOSTON -- The path towards securing the top overall seed in the East got a little easier for the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics face a Milwaukee Bucks team tonight that will rest several of its key players.
Milwaukee, already locked in as the No. 6 seed in the playoffs, will rest All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Tony Snell, Matthew Dellavedova and Khris Middleton.


According to the Bucks’ game notes, Mirza Teletovic and Michael Beasley will start in the frontcourt along with rookie Thon Maker at center. The backcourt will consist of Rashad Vaughn and Malcolm Brogdon, whose last-second jumper propelled the Bucks to a 103-100 win over the Celtics on March 29.
Following Boston’s practice on Tuesday, coach Brad Stevens said he had no plans of sitting out any of his players.
The most recent game notes for the Celtics had Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley starting in the backcourt, with Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson and Al Horford starting up front.
Stevens has maintained that he would only sit players if there was a sense among the staff and the player that he needed the time off.


"But we feel like from the standpoint of rest and freshness, we're in pretty good shape," Stevens said. "When you look at it from a total minutes and minutes per game standpoint, total number of games, we tried our best to manage those things appropriately all year. And we got the silver lining of injuries, people missed games. We should be ready to go."

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