8 a.m. ET: It is hard to say precisely how emotional it will be Wednesday when the Celtics take the court at the Air Canada Centre for their first game since Monday’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon. The Celtics canceled Tuesday’s game at TD Garden against the Pacers out of respect for the victims and security personnel whose efforts were better utilized at the crime scene, in a move that was impossible to argue against.
Just how Celtics coach Doc Rivers approaches this final game against the Raptors (32-48) could be interesting. He planned on parceling out rest to some key players in this final week, but now that the Celtics (41-39) will have had just one game in a seven-day span, the plan may have changed.
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