Switch perspectives to this year’s Clippers. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have been injured for large chunks of time and the Clippers have fallen to fifth in the Western Conference. As with those Celtics, the Clippers rarely practice, instead focusing on rest and recovery.“The way I am working now is that way,” Rivers said. ‘OK well, can’t get that, let’s get right.’ I think that’s important for us.”Rivers has spoken in recent days about finding games from their remaining regular-season schedule when key players can rest before the playoffs.The Clippers entered Tuesday 1-1/2 games back of Utah for the fourth seed, and 2-1/2 games ahead of sixth-place Memphis. Oklahoma City was just three games back of the Clippers. Their seeding could dramatically shape the Clippers’ playoff destiny. Fourth or fifth would likely mean a matchup with the Jazz, whom L.A. has dispatched by 13 and 16 points in two games this season.Sixth would almost certainly mean a series against the Houston Rockets, who have blown out the Clippers twice.There are differences between those Celtics and this year’s Clippers, however.“The biggest one,” Rivers said, “is that I don’t have a championship with this group, where you can have that confidence” to ignore seeding.The Clippers have never advanced beyond the second round.Twin winsAfter starting the post-All Star break portion of their schedule 1-4, with blowout losses to the Golden State Warriors, Rockets and, um, Milwaukee Bucks, the Clippers might have shed whatever was plaguing them.They overcame second-half deficits to win in Chicago and dispatch Boston, relying on defense that improved as each game wore on and the score-in-bunches heroics of sixth man Jamal Crawford.“We’re getting better,” point guard Chris Paul said. “We’ve still got a ways to go. Just because you win doesn’t mean everything is solved defensively, anything like that. Obviously, like I always say, it’s good to win and figure it out at the same time but we’ve still got a ways to go.”The Clippers play Wednesday in Minnesota and a night later in Memphis.Despite winning both Saturday and Monday, the Clippers were slow out of the gates in both, and seemed to ignore the defensive game-plan before falling into deep deficits.Rivers doesn’t much mind the sluggishness.“I don’t really care, honestly, as long as we win the game,” he said. “It’s good to be able to get out of the way of yourself and be able to win games.” LOS ANGELES – With the Boston Celtics in town this week, Doc Rivers had the opportunity to reflect on his tenure with the team he guided to a pair of NBA Finals.It’s in the second Celtics team Rivers coached to the Finals, in 2010, that he sees some comparisons to his current Clippers team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Boston was beset by injuries that season. Paul Pierce missed 11 games, Kevin Garnett was out for 13. Key role players Tony Allen and Glen Davis each missed 28 games. It knocked the Celtics out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and midway through the season, Rivers made a decision to worry less about chasing a playoff seed and more about getting his team healthy for the playoffs.“We talked to the team about it a month before the end of the season,” Rivers said Monday, prior to the Clippers’ 116-102 win over Boston at Staples Center. “Which I’ve never done, anything like that. ‘Hey guys, let’s not worry about the games let’s worry about getting right for the playoffs.’ ”The Celtics earned the fourth seed that year and handled Miami, LeBron James-led Cleveland and Orlando in the first three rounds of the playoffs to reach the NBA Finals against the Lakers.