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Celtics playoff rotation 90%-set for Hawks series

 Joe Mazzulla stuck with eight guys in the Celtics Game-1 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. At least for this series, we can expect Derrick White (24 points, 5 boards, 7 assists, 2 blocks) to continue in his starting role - with Rob Williams and Malcolm Brogdon coming off the bench.


Sam Hauser saw11 minutes as the 8th-player, while Grant Williams, Payton Pritchard, Luke Kornet, Mike Muscala, Blake Griffin and newly-acquired Justin Champagnie were all "DNP_CDs". It appears that Mazzulla is content to test the post-season waters with Hauser to determine if he can be useful in this - and subsequent - series. 

Grant Williams is the question mark. His minutes had dwindled in the last several regular season contests, and he never saw the floor in Game-1 versus Atlanta. 

Limiting Al Horford's minutes during the regular season may not be repeated in the playoffs. He was third in minutes (38 minutes) yesterday, behind only Jayson Tatum and Derrick White. 

This is Joe Mazzulla's first post-season as head coach, and it will be interesting to see how he deploys his troops. Stay tuned!


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