About an hour before Game 5 was set to tip off Brian Scalabrine  was out on the floor shooters jumpers, which is his regular pregame routine. That was a welcome development for the Celtics  after Scalabrine missed this morning’s practice with the flu, but he is feeling better and he will play tonight.
“He’s feeling lighter,” Doc Rivers  joked. “No, he’s feeling better. He really is. He’s been able to hold food down for the last couple of hours so that’s good.”
Rivers was then asked if Scal’s condition would cause him to change his regular substitution pattern.
“No. We’re just going to play him,” he said. “Obviously if he’s out there and you see that he’s struggling we’ll react. Athletes have that ability at times. You just don’t know, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
As for Kendrick Perkins , there isn’t much of an update. His shoulder is sore, but he’s going to play. “His injury is what is,” Rivers said. “It’s not going to improve. He’s going to play with it. He has to. We need him.”
Other pregame miscellany
The mood in the Celtics locker room was business like. A few players checked in but no one made themselves available.
Doc on Game 5’s: “Obviously they’re big but you can recover from them. I’ve always thought people had it wrong–that it’s a must-win for the road team. I’ve always thought it’s a bigger game for the home team because if the home team loses you have to go to a close-out game on the road.”
On the rotation: “Right now I like our rotation, so we’re going to stay with that. It’s a small rotation but I like it and it’s gotten us where we’re at. If we need other guys, they’ll be ready.” That would seem to leave Tony Allen  out for now, along with Bill Walker  and Gabe Pruitt .