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C's hope to lock 7-seed, avoid Heat

Doc Rivers confirms the obvious, but Boston's playoff dreams hinge on health

Updated: April 6, 2013, 1:47 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers seemed surprised that there would even be any debate about where his team might want to land in the Eastern Conference playoffs seedings. Seventh or eighth? Duh, that's an easy answer.

"I know we are in the seventh spot and I know we want to stay out of the eighth spot," said Rivers, confirming for the first time what many have long suspected: The Celtics would prefer to avoid the top-seeded Miami Heat for as long as possible in hopes of using early ...

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