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Practice hard, play hard

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  October 5, 2010 05:19 PM

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With the Celtics opening their preseason slate tomorrow in Manchester, N.H. against the 76ers, coach Doc Rivers said he plans to have the team go hard in a morning practice but would keep their minutes low during the game. The Celtics caught a slight case of the injury bug this week. Jermaine O'Neal tweaked his hamstring last Friday and will miss the rest of the week while Delonte West left yesterday's practice with back spasms. West was back on the floor today. He called the spasms "mild" and attributed them to his body getting back into basketball shape. Monday was the only day he didn't spend extra time shooting after practice. Today he went right back into his extra work routine.

From Rivers:

"We're just going to go hard and if somebody falls, somebody falls. That's life in the NBA. But they're playing hard, they're playing really well. We do need to see somebody else, I can tell you that. And we need to see NBA officials, because they're sick of us officiating. But other than that, I was happy so far with where we were at. But we'll get a better look at it tomorrow."
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