Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com was on the scene today in Waltham for a C’s open practice after Boston took the day off Saturday. Despite the day of rest, some additional downtime was in order for key veterans today and even the head coach as Forsberg explains:
Coach Doc Rivers and his family made the trek up to Portland to watch eldest son Jeremiah play for the Maine Red Claws with the D-League season winding down. The team’s 35+ club of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry were in attendance for the session, but were told to stay off their feet as much as possible as Boston enjoys a three-day break before playing in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
“Doc has contacted everyone, we know what he wants to run, what we have to do as far as the offense, defense, running through plays and repetition,” said assistant coach Armond Hill, tasked with Rivers’ unenviable media responsibilities. “We’re trying to get the young guys, the new guys to understand what we’re looking for in a play. And repetition is the only way, so we have to keep going over and over and over.
“Everybody’s going to be here, we’ll go through some shooting drills, go through our drills. [Rivers] wants to rest KG, Paul and JET, then everyone else goes through the practice.”
Hill joked that the veterans can do whatever they want during the session (“The most important thing is they’ll be off their feet”) and they all quickly disappeared into the back to lift weights or get treatment.
With a back-to-back looming later this week, count me among those who feel like the added downtime is a good idea. Head on over to over at ESPNBoston.com.
After taking a little bit of the Sunday to unwind after finishing up the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference the past two days, we’ll e back at you guys with more news and analysis at the Hub later tonight.