Celtics to use long break between T'Wolves, Nets

Celtics to use long break between T'Wolves, Nets
October 20, 2013, 5:45 pm
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MONTREAL — After tonight's game against Minnesota in Montreal, the Celtics will play one game - Wednesday at home against Brooklyn - in the next 10 days.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will utilize the bulk of that time fine-tuning his player combinations and play-calling, for sure. But he understands that this is a long season and that rest and rhythm go hand-in-hand.

"We're going to take a few days off, too," Stevens said. "It's just as important to get your legs ready to roll."

That was among the reasons the Celtics kept Kris Humphries out of Wednesday's loss at Toronto. Humphries had suffered a foot injury the night prior at Brooklyn.

"I got my foot stepped on pretty badly (at Brooklyn) and it was sore," Humphries told CSNNE.com. "I had a lot of sharp pain when I was cutting. They (Celtics medical officials) wanted to take a look at it before I played."

Humphries said there's still some soreness, but not enough to make him unavailable for tonight's game against Minnesota.

"For me, there's things that you won't play through in the preseason that you would play through in the regular season," Humphries said. "And there's things you won't play through in the regular season that you will play through in the playoffs."

Just the thought of the regular season being less than two weeks away, is music to Humphries' ears. Like most veteran players, he's eager to get past the preseason and on to the games that count.

"I feel like this has been a really long preseason," Humphries said. "We want to play games and start chipping away at this season and see where we're really at."