NBA Notes: Rest more important than seed for Celtics

NBA Notes: Rest more important than seed for Celtics
February 25, 2013, 9:45 pm
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The Sixers are tied with the Magic for least free throws made per game and Evan Turner is puzzled by the lack of calls.

“Sometimes I don't understand why Jrue [Holiday] doesn't get calls,” Turner said. “You try to find body contact, take an extra dribble and deliver a blow but some nights you just don't get it. In certain situations I see Jrue get raked across the face and they don't call it but that's basketball,” (see story).

Now, here is a look at other news around the NBA:

Rest more important than seed for Celtics
The Boston Celtics currently hold the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, but are only three games back of the No. 5 seed.

Down the stretch though, Doc Rivers believes resting his players is more important than the Celtics' playoff seed.

"Listen we're not going to be a one seed, we know that, so we just want to be a seed," Rivers said to (via ProBasketballTalk). "The neat thing is that we are very close to the fifth seed... But [the focus is] going to be health now for sure for us."

Doc Rivers made true to his promise last Friday when he gave Kevin Garnett the night off against the Suns.

In the Celtics' final 30 games, 18 come on the road, so rest will be important for the veteran team heading into the playoffs.

LeBron not impressed with Wade's nickname
Dwyane Wade is attempting to give himself a new nickname, but teammate LeBron James isn't impressed with his attempt.

"It's 'WOW,' Way of Wade," James said referring to the slogan of Wade's Li-Ning shoes, via Ethan Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post (via ProBasketballTalk). "I think it's corny."

Wade disagrees with his teammates assessment.

"I'm taking it global!" Wade shouted.

Wade moved on from his previous nickname of "Flash" a few years ago.

Thunder sign veteran Derek Fisher
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder signed veteran Derek Fisher on Monday, filling an opening for a third point guard that was created when Eric Maynor got traded to Portland.

Fisher joins Oklahoma City for the stretch run for the second straight season. He played in 20 regular-season games and then all 20 playoff games last season. He has not played in the NBA this season after being unsigned as a free agent during the offseason.

Fisher won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers before getting traded to Houston last season, then buying his way out of his contract with the Rockets.

Fisher is also the president of the NBA Players Association, which recently ousted longtime executive director Billy Hunter.

- The Associated Press

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