ISTANBUL After a flight that lasted about 12 hours with many players getting little to no sleep, it would have come as a surprise to no one if Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers gave his players the day off after they landed.
Instead, Rivers put them through about an hour's worth of practice with a simple goal in mind -- to keep them awake.
"That's a rarity in the NBA where you try to make sure they don't go to bed early," Rivers said. "Usually it's the exact opposite. But because of the time change and all that, I thought if we went straight and did nothing they would fall asleep at 6 p.m. and sleep the rest of the night away."
Istanbul is seven hours ahead of Boston, making the time change a pretty significant one.
"It's good for us to get into the gym," said Boston's Paul Pierce. "Just to kind of be on a regular clock schedule, just to have fresh legs for practice tomorrow morning."
Rivers promises that Wednesday's practice will be longer and more challenging, which was another reason why he felt it was important for them to at least get in the gym briefly.
"I don't anticipate it being a great practice, honestly," Rivers said. "That's not going to stop us from going our three hours. We're still going to do it. Hopefully by the next day, they will be a little better."
The time change will impact the entire team, but the C's have several veterans who should be experienced enough to handle it.
"You anticipate them handling it better," Rivers said. "But lack of sleep is lack of sleep."
On this episode of "The Best of Boston Sports Tonight Podcast", Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles break down the Celtics closing out the Bulls and preview the next round against Washington with Chris Mannix, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely. Also, Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots two picks on Friday.
- 0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss the Celtics defeating the Bulls 105-83, beating Chicago in 6 games to advance in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
- 6:14 - Kyle Draper and Chris Mannix preview the upcoming series against the Washington Wizards and the bad blood between the two teams.
- 10:19 - Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots first drafts picks, selecting DE Derek Rivers from Youngstown and OT Antonio Garcia from Troy in the 3rd round.
- 15:45 - Hear what Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley had to say after the win. Also, A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the feeling in the Celtics locker room after the win.
The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards will begin their semi-final series on Sunday, April 30 at 1:00pm.
CSN will get you ready with Pregame Live at noon, and will wrap up the action on Postgame Live immediately following the game.
The complete schedule (all times Eastern)
GAME 1 -- Sunday, April 30 at Boston, 1:00PM (ABC)
GAME 2 -- Tuesday, May 2 at Boston, 8:00PM (TNT)
GAME 3 -- Thursday, May 4 at Washington, 8:00PM (ESPN)
GAME 4 -- Sunday, May 7 at Washington, 6:30PM (TNT)
xGAME 5 -- Wednesday, May 10 at Boston, TBD (TNT)
xGAME 6 -- Friday, May 12 at Washington, TBD (ESPN)
xGAME 7 -- Monday, May 15 at Boston, 8:00PM (TNT)