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Celtics' slumber session

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  October 20, 2009 01:32 PM

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The Celtics held a 45-minute shootaround at Madison Square Garden Tuesday morning in preparation for the 7:30 p.m. exhibition game against the New York Knicks. But there are not going to be many more such sessions, according to coach Doc Rivers.

"We've done it, for the most part," Rivers said of reducing the shootarounds.

Asked why, Rivers replied: "Legs. I think if you're done with your work, I don't know why you need a shootaround. Guys are fresher, I think, if we walk it over right before (the game). They pick it up and they actually have a better chance of remembering it, rather than at 10 a.m. A lot of this comes from the sleep deprivation guy, this is the main reason we're doing it. Clearly, our practices this year have been noticeably better because they are later, they got more sleep, more rest."

The Celtics have been following the recommendations of sleep medicine specialist Dr. Charles A. Czeisler of Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital.

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