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C’s going with later practices, shootarounds 10.23.09 at 4:54 pm ET
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WALTHAM  —  If Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce want later practices to make sure players get their rest, then Kevin Garnett is totally fine with it.

This year, the Celtics are likely to do away with many shootarounds on the day of a game and move practices to a slightly later start in the day so that players can sleep in and be well-rested for games.

“Later practices are alright,” Kevin Garnett said on Friday. “It is what it is. Whatever Doc wants. It’s not my cup of tea but whatever the Captain wants that’s what it is.”

Garnett is a notorious early riser and has a reputation of functioning on little or no sleep, especially following road trips. Garnett, like Junior Seau with the Patriots, is known for getting to work early in the morning, getting warmed up and ready to go with practice.

Now, he’s likely going to be able to sleep in, at least a little.

“I don’t sleep anyway,” Garnett said. “It’s good. You’ve got to find good in everything so if that means I get to sleep until 8:30 or 9 [a.m.], then so be it.”

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KG on knee questions: ‘That [stuff] is getting old’ 10.23.09 at 3:57 pm ET
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WALTHAM  —  Kevin Garnett reached his breaking point on Friday afternoon with questions about whether he is physically ready and back to 100 percent following surgery last May to remove bone spurs behind his right knee.

“Next question,” he answered when asked.

But the question was asked moments later, in a different way.

“I just told you. That [stuff] is getting old, now. That [stuff] getting real old. You’re going to have to sit in your offices and come up with some new questions. Drink a little more beer now or whatever gets you going to come up with your questions.”

Told that he’s likely going to hear that same question all season long, Garnett replied, “You’re going to get the same answer, alright?”

Eddie House drew a comparison to another famous New England athlete returning from a knee injury.

“I’m very happy he’s back, he’s moving well,” House said. “He’s even taken a few blows to the spot where he had the surgery and he bounced back up. It’s kind of like the Tom Brady effect. At first, he’s kind of ginger. He doesn’t really know until he gets hit a couple of times. ‘I can plant, I can throw.’ Like Kevin, now he can catch lobs, can plant, step-backs. He’s doing everything Kevin Garnett does.”

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Doc: ‘We’re ready’ 10.23.09 at 3:26 pm ET
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WALTHAM  —  Celtics coach Doc Rivers put his team through a spirited workout on Friday afternoon at the team’s practice facility, four days before the team opens the season on Tuesday in Cleveland against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

Rivers said following the practice that he senses his team is geared up and ready.

“I like where we’re at,” Rivers said. “I’m very happy where we’re at. We’re going to add things all year. We’re ready to play. Even if I didn’t add anything else all year, I think we’re ready to play an NBA game.”

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Celtics hire Lue to their coaching staff 10.23.09 at 2:51 pm ET
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WALTHAM —  The Celtics hired NBA former point guard Tyronn Lue as their Director of Basketball Development on Friday. He will assist the coaching staff and observe practices.

The 32-year-old Lue made his debut on Friday in Waltham as the Celtics prepare for their season opener on Tuesday in Cleveland. Lue played 11 seasons with seven different teams, including last year with Orlando. He won NBA titles in 2000 and ’01 with the Lakers.

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‘Rare’ lineup for Celtics on Sunday 10.17.09 at 4:25 pm ET
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WALTHAM – Celtics coach Doc Rivers said following Saturday’s practice that he intends to use a ‘rare’ lineup on Sunday in Toronto against the Raptors in the team’s sixth preseason game.

Rivers will start Paul Pierce, along with Ray Allen and Marquis Daniels, with Daniels the most-likely choice to start at the point. Daniels, who has played big guard as well as small forward, has been getting time in practice as the point behind Rajon Rondo.

“We’re just going to do that [Sunday] to see what the other team does defensively,” Rivers said Saturday.

Daniels, along with Eddie House and rookie Lester Hudson figure to get a long look as Rivers considers back-up options behind Rondo off the bench.

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Doc: ‘I like where we’re at 10.17.09 at 2:45 pm ET
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WALTHAM – Celtics coach Doc Rivers sounded a very optimistic tone following Saturday’s practice in Waltham, 10 days before the team’s season opener in Cleveland.

“For us, it’s just getting better with continuity on both ends, working on all the little things. I like where we’re at, honestly. I like our team. The answer to ‘Are you ready to play the first game?’ You don’t know that until you play it. You think you are all the time but I do like where our team is at,” Rivers said.

“This group to me, the first unit is playing fantastic. [Rajon] Rondo has been absolutely fantastic and Kevin [Garnett] is coming along and everybody is playing well.”

The Celtics are 4-1 in preseason and play in Toronto on Sunday in the sixth of eight preseason games.

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Walker has knee scoped 10.02.09 at 1:28 pm ET
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The Celtics announced that forward Bill Walker underwent successful right knee arthroscopic surgery on Friday at the New England Baptist Hospital.

Walker sustained a meniscus tear on the first day of training camp. The team confirmed the surgery was performed by Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon and assisted by John Rand, PAC.

While no timetable for his return has been announced by the team, various reports have Walker missing 6-8 weeks of action.

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