http://celtics.bostonherald.com/celtics/view.bg?articleid=75280Though Payton's tender back keeps threatening to disrupt the point guard's playing time, last night wasn't going to be the occasion.
Payton, despite a herniated disc that is causing sciatic pain to shoot down below his right knee, pronounced himself fit to play despite misgivings from the coaching staff.
Though he is admittedly in pain, and has been offered the option of resting to help the back and prepare for the playoffs, the 36-year-old veteran has no desire to take a seat.
``Not right now,'' said Payton, who had eight points and six assists in 38 minutes. ``I don't want to take (a rest) now. You don't want a situation where missing games at the end of the year like this would hurt our chemistry. (The back) is better than what it was.''
The Celtics are willing to go along with this approach to a point. Payton will have an MRI test tomorrow to see if more drastic action is needed.