With Celtics win and Bucks loss, Boston finishes season as No. 2 seed

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The Milwaukee Bucks had the luxury of resting every key player — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Bobby Portis, and Grayson Allen sat out, while Jrue Holiday played one minute — and the result was a loss to a Cavaliers team that had something to play for.

The Boston Celtics had something to play for, too — win and they could get the No. 2 seed (thanks to the Bucks’ loss) and, more importantly, avoid a potentially challenging first-round matchup with Toronto.

Boston got what it wanted with a 139-110 win over the Grizzlies.

All this means here is how the East playoffs shake out:

1. Heat vs. 8th
2. Celtics vs. 7th
3. Bucks vs. 6. Bulls
4. 76ers vs. 5. Raptors

The No. 7 seed will be the winner of the Cavaliers at Nets play-in game on Tuesday; that team will face the Celtics. The loser of that game will face the winner of the Hornets at Hawks play-in game, with the victor in that third game being the No. 8 seed and facing the Heat.

A couple of notes on this:

• By getting the No. 2 seed, the Celtics set up a likely first-round showdown with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Nets. That’s a tough first-round series, especially with Robert Williams III out following knee surgery. Boston’s path to the Finals could be Boston, then Milwaukee, then Miami. That’s a tough road.

• Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers confirmed that starter and key defender Matisse Thybulle will not be eligible for Games 3 and 4 of the first-round series against Toronto because he is not vaccinated and cannot travel to play in Canada.