WALTHAM — The Celtics  have already proven they can beat a lesser team on the parquet of TD Garden without Paul Pierce , Kevin Garnett  and Rajon Rondo . But on Wednesday, they might have to do the same against the Miami Heat  on the road.
“Practice was good and bad,” said Tom Thibodeau , who was filling in for Doc Rivers . “Normally, coming off a day off, it’s a little sloppy but the intensity was good and the intentions were good.”
Read between those lines and the man who ran practice for Rivers on Monday was trying to be kind to the healthy players who are trying to get ready for Miami without Garnett and possibly Rondo and Pierce missing again.
The coaching staff will gather with the players and trainer Ed Lacerte on Tuesday before their flight to Miami and make a determination if it’s even worth traveling the players.
“I didn’t talk to Eddie today,” Thibodeau said. “[Rondo] came out and coaching and involved and he’s chomping at the bit. I assume he’s feeling better but I don’t know that he’s ready yet.
“Paul was moving around and did some shooting and things like that. He’s feeling pretty good. He’s improving day by day.”
Meanwhile, Garnett was spotted lifting weights and conditioning while he recovers from a sore right knee that has him like out another week.