BOSTON On Tuesday, very quietly, a great rivalry may come to an end.
The versions of the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat that play one another Tuesday night are likely to be watered down by injuries and coaches looking to give their stars a rest. Chris Bosh has not played in a week, Dwyane Wade has aged before our eyes and probably needs rest, and even LeBron James has eaten enough minutes this season to warrant some down time. Boston has also sat some of its stars this week, preparing for a long and arduous shot at another championship.
In fact, the playoffs are largely set. Two games behind the Chicago Bulls with two to play, the Heat are almost assured of the second seed in the East. The Celtics, as Atlantic Division champions, will be the fourth seed and host the Atlanta Hawks in the first round. With little at stake, the priority may be ensuring that each team is rested and ready when the playoffs begin this weekend.
But if the stars don't play Tuesday, it'll be a shame. Beca...