Mar 22, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) dribbles the ball as Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) defends during the second quarter at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
The Boston Celtics conclude their regular season Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. Though the Celtics have made it clear playoff home court advantage is not a priority, it's still a possibility.
The Boston Celtics have demonstrated over the past week that home court advantage is not their priority as the 2012 NBA Playoffs draw near. But they still enter their regular season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night with an opportunity to host the Atlanta Hawks in round one. (Game Time: 8 p.m., TV Schedule: CSNNE)
The Celtics will meet the Hawks in their opening playoff series regardless of what happens on the regular season's final day. But if the Celtics beat the Bucks Thursday and the Hawks fall to the Dallas Mavericks, the Celtics would open the playoffs at the TD Garden. Otherwise, the series will begin in Atlanta. Game 1 is scheduled for Saturday regardless of how home court unfolds, with the time to be determined.
Ray Allen (ankle) and Greg Stiemsma (feet) both missed shootaround and are expected to miss the Bucks game. Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Mickael Pietrus, all absent from Boston's previous game against Miami with various injuries, are game-time decisions.
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