Celtics coach Doc Rivers said his concern entering his team's upcoming playoff series with the Knicks is that one of the "Big Apple 3" can get hotter than any one on Boston.

"They have three All-Stars, and all three have been able to, at different points in their career, carry their own team," Rivers said of Amare's Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups before the backup Celtics beat the backup Knicks 112-102 in their regular-season finale last night.

"We have to be ready."

Rivers sat his Big Four of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo on Monday, and it resulted in a loss to Washington that dropped the Celts to the third seed, as the Knicks fell in their laps.

Sources believe the Celtics were ambivalent whether they faced the Knicks or Sixers, feeling their own health was way more important than the opponent.

"They're good," Rivers said of the Knicks.

"The old adage [is,] you don't want to get in any series where the hottest player or the best player is on the other team. I don't know if that's the case or not, but it can happen.