Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers makes it emphatically clear that the goal every night is to win.

But with the regular season winding down, Rivers needs to start working towards establishing a playoff rotation, which he acknowledges is far from set in stone.

"We don't have our playoff rotation yet," he said. "Most (playoff) teams do. We don't. We have I know seven for sure, but we want to play eight or nine."

Prior to Monday's 110-100 loss at Minnesota, Rivers' pre-game speech touched on the importance of these remaining regular season games in determining who would see action in the playoffs for Boston.

"'I want to see who wants to play in the playoffs,'" C's guard Jason Terry recalls Rivers saying before Monday's game. "'I want to see who wants to play in the playoffs. I have to know who I can count on.'"

Terry added, "So, with that said, the writing's on the wall."

Injuries have left the Celtics no choice but to see guys normally at the end of the bench, play extended minutes.

The Celtics will likely have at least one big man off the bench in their rotation, a battle that will come down to Chris Wilcox, Shavlik Randolph and D.J. White.

Wilcox has been with the Celtics all season and appears to have the inside track.