Danny Ainge is taking Pat Riley’s advice.
The Celtics executive — along with his coach, Doc Rivers — is managing his own team.
That will mean a bit less buzz around Friday night’s matchup between the Heat and visiting Boston.
Rivers announced Thursday that Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will not play, resting for the playoffs with only one more win required to wrap up the seventh seed and avoid the Heat in the first round.
The Heat aren’t likely to be close to full strength, either, although Dwyane Wade told the Associated Press that he plans to return to the lineup after a six-game absence, and Udonis Haslem said before Wednesday’s game — which he missed — that he expected to test his sore ankle against the Celtics.
Chris Bosh has missed two games because of the flu. LeBron James rested his hamstring Wednesday in Washington and has suggested that it won’t be the last time he sits.
Although it would be fun to watch, Riley and Ainge aren’t likely to take Rivers’ suggestion that they “duke it out” to settle a disagreement that started when James complained about officiating and Ainge told a Boston radio station that James should be “embarrassed” about complaining.
The Heat president’s response two weeks ago was to send out a spokesman to issue this statement: “Danny Ainge needs to shut the (bleep) up and manage his own team. He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him.”
Last Sunday, at Heat Family Festival, Riley laughed off a question about that statement.