Celtics ready for regular-season play
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Celtics rattled off six preseason games in nine nights before their exhibition schedule came to an end.
The Celtics have eight days in between their last preseason game and the regular-season opener.
“To have this much time off and play a game, that’s not an easy thing to do,” said Doc Rivers, head coach.
"It is what it is. Nothing we can do about it. At this point we need to make sure we sharpen up our tools right now,” said Paul Pierce, captain.
And that means practicing to play perfect come game days.
"A little bit of inconsistency in the preseason so this is a good time to get in a full week of practice,” said Pierce.
“I think any team will tell you this that any time that you have to prepare you'll take it and we're no different from that," said Kevin Garnett.
Practice can wear the Celtics down mentally and physically but for some guys, quite frankly, going this long without a game gets them sick and tired of looking at the same color jersey.
“I'm tired of guarding Rondo -- I’ll tell you that right now. He's wearing me out right now,” Jason Terry said.
“They’re sick of me and they're sick of each other. But unless you guys want to suit up against them I don't know what we are going to do about that,” said Doc Rivers, head coach.
But the Celtics know the practice time pays off come game time.
“We're very confident in what we have, and in ourselves and our coaching staff and in our scheme, so we look forward to it man. We’re tired of beating up on each other and we can’t wait to get somebody else in other jerseys,” Terry said.