Leicester Riders to rest key men for BBL play-offs

Leicester Riders head coach Rob Paternostro
Rob Paternostro is the most successful coach in Leicester Riders history

Leicester Riders head coach Rob Paternostro will rest key players for the play-offs if Newcastle clinch top spot in the British Basketball League.

Riders are guaranteed second place after Tuesday's 66-63 win over Worcester Wolves, their eighth game in 16 days.

But Newcastle will finish top if they beat Manchester Giants on Wednesday.

Paternostro said: "If Newcastle win we cannot get first, so we will make sure everyone's rested."

Leicester end the regular season at Worcester on Friday, but will be involved in the play-off quarter-finals which begin on 24 April.

He added: "If we were playing once a week, we would maybe play it out.

"But when you are playing all of these games, these guys need a break."

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