Tatum among many Celtics who won't play in regular season finale


The Boston Celtics have already secured the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference standings and a spot in the NBA play-in tournament as a result, so they won't be risking any further injuries to their top players in Sunday afternoon's regular season finale.

The C's will play the rival New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in a matchup featuring a very shorthanded Boston roster.

Here's a list of the Celtics players officially ruled out:

This is a tremendous chance for many of the Celtics' young players, including Payton Pritchard, Romeo Langford, Aaron Nesmith, Tremont Waters, Grant Williams and others to gain some valuable experience before the playoffs and earn more trust from the coaching staff.

It's entirely possible that one of these players could get called on in a key moment during the postseason.

The Knicks also have not locked up their seed. All the Knicks have to do is beat the Celtics and they secure the No. 4 seed and homecourt advantage in the first round. However, a New York loss, combined with the results of the Hawks and Heat games Sunday, could drop the Knicks to the No. 5 or even the No. 6 seed.