Celtics' Isaiah Thomas 'doesn't care' if Cavaliers rest starting players

Isaiah Thomas will be a free agent in 2018, and if the Celtics want to keep him they better pay up.

Isaiah Thomas just wants to play and win against the Cavaliers Wednesday night. And he couldn't care less if he plays the Big 3 or the benchwarmers.

The Cavaliers, and particularly LeBron James, have been criticized lately for the team's decision to rest healthy stars. Thatdoesn't seem to bother Thomas in the grand scheme of things.

"I mean, at this point, I don't care who plays," Thomas said, via ESPN.com. "If they don't play, that'll be good. If they do, we'll be there at 8 o'clock to play them. I'm fine with either way they go. You can't control that decision but, if they do play, it would definitely be a really good game and, if they don't, we've just got to figure out how to get a win anyway."

The Cavaliers are only a half game behindthe Celtics, who have a 50-27 record and currently hold the top seed in theEastern Conference.

But with the Cavs so close to the No. 1 spot, coach Tyronn Lue said he is expecting all his starters to play Boston, even though James could be feeling fatigued after he played a career-high 52 minutes in the Cavaliers' double-overtime win against the Pacers Sunday. And Clevelandplays the Magic Tuesday night.

For now, Thomas seems to be focusing on just the game at hand and the playoff implications later.

"It's just another game," Thomas said. "I think we've got to treat it like that. I mean being No. 1 in the standings, you don't feel different. I don't at least. I'm treating it like another game."

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