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The Chicago Bulls have the inside track on the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs because of their youth. Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers has already said he won't push his veterans over their minutes limit down the stretch in the regular season just to pick up a better seed.
From the very moment the Boston Celtics walked off the confetti-strewn court at the Staples Center, where the rival Los Angeles Lakers were celebrating a second consecutive world title last June, coach Doc Rivers and his charges told anyone that would listen how different the ending would have been had Game 7 of the NBA Finals been played in Boston.