Celtics roll out 5-5-5 minutes plan vs. Toronto

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Celtics roll out 5-5-5 minutes plan vs. Toronto

Boston Celtics fans got their first glimpse at Doc Rivers' "5-5-5 plan" for Kevin Garnett this season.

Rivers intends to play Garnett in three different 5-minute stretches, in each half.

It didn't work out exactly as Rivers planned, but he was nonetheless pleased with Garnett's play in the Celtics' 76-75 preseason win over Toronto on Sunday.

"I did like the rotations with Kevin," Rivers said. "It wasn't exactly 5-5-5, it was 6 one time. I like it."

The purpose is to get Garnett to deliver the kind of all-out intensity he's used to bringing to the floor, without worrying about whether he has enough left in the tank.

"He knows now, 'go hard for five minutes and we're taking you out,'" Rivers said. "We'll figure it out."

While the plan is primarily for Garnett, Rivers hasn't ruled out using it for other players. It makes sense to use it with veteran players, as a way of getting the most out of them in limited bursts.

But Rivers said he wouldn't rule out using the 5-5-5 plan with younger players like Rajon Rondo, as well.

In fact, the C's did some of that with Rondo on Sunday.

While the 5-5-5 plan with Garnett is designed to get him to be more aggressive on offense, using it with Rondo would be to allow him to be a more aggressive, on-the-ball defender.

"We're asking Rondo to pick the ball up and put his pressure (on the ball-handler)," Rivers said. "That's one of the things I thought we got away from last year. We're asking him to get into it, turn the ball and whenever you need a blow, we'll give you a blow and we'll bring you back in."

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

BOSTON -- Avery Bradley, whose flu-like symptoms landed him in the hospital and forced him to miss Friday’s game against Phoenix, tells CSNNE.com that he will play tonight.
 
“I didn’t get [out of the hospital] until [Saturday] evening,” Bradley told CSNNE.com. “My stomach still hurts a little bit, but I’m all right. I’ll be good.”
 
The importance of Bradley to this team cannot be overstated.
 
His ability to make a major impact both as a scorer and an elite defender separates him from not only his teammates but from most guards in the NBA.
 
However, his health has been a season-long issue in some form or another, which can be seen in the fact that he has missed 24 games via injury or illness -- more than any other player on the Celtics roster.
 
When he has played, Bradley has delivered on several fronts.
 
He’s averaging 16.9 points per game while averaging 6.2 rebounds per game - both career highs -- which rank second and third, respectively, on the Celtics roster this season.