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C's to modify KG's minutes

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C's to modify KG's minutes

TORONTO Kevin Garnett is still going to average around 30 or so minutes per game this season.But the way those minutes will come about, is expected to change.That will be among the changes Celtics coach Doc Rivers plans to tinker with during this shortened preseason schedule, which begins today against the Toronto Raptors.The purpose of modifying his minutes, Rivers said, is to allow him to be more effective in the fourth quarter."I thought last year Kevin, his fourth-quarter numbers were down," Rivers said.He added, "We're going to avoid the 10-minute in a row stretches and do more five and five and five, three times in a half. I don't know if that'll work, honestly. I'm 50-50 on whether it'll work."Here are some other notes and nuggets heading into today's preseason opener. Boston has a 19-5 preseason record since 2008, the second-best record in the NBA during that time. Only the Orlando Magic (21-1) have a better preseason record in that span.The Celtics are one of just three teams (the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks are the others) with four players who appeared in games during the last NBA lockout-shortened season, 1999. Rivers continues to hold court in rarified air among Celtics coaches. Entering his eighth season with the C's, the only other coach since Red Auerbach stepped aside in 1966 to coach the Celtics for that many years consecutively, was Hall of Famer and Comcast SportsNet analyst Tommy Heinsohn. The Raptors have a new head coach in Dwyane Casey. His previous head coaching experience came during the 2006-2007 season in Minnesota. He coached 40 games that season with the Timberwolves, posting a 20-20 record. That team featured Garnett.

Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
K Matt Bryant (back)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)

Morning Skate: Issues with gambling and Vegas Golden Knights?

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Morning Skate: Issues with gambling and Vegas Golden Knights?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while still in disbelief at what happened to Gordon Hayward last night.

*Interesting piece on the connection between gambling and the NHL in Las Vegas where they’ve just kicked their new expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights.

*Would you like a Providence Bruins game-worn jersey and give to a great cause at the same time? Here are the Pink the Rink Bruins jerseys up for auction on eBay with the money earmarked for cancer research and treatment.

*Some interesting stuff from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman in his 30 Thoughts about the start that Malcolm Subban is off to with the Vegas Golden Knights and whether that’s in any way a reflection on the way goalies are being developed with the Bruins.

*So, the Ottawa Senators clearly didn’t miss Erik Karlsson given the start that they got off to, but there’s no doubt hockey fans did as he makes his return from offseason surgery.

*Nikita Kucherov just keeps on improving for the Tampa Bay Lightning after a Hart Trophy-level season last year.

*For something completely different: I don’t understand why there’s anything controversial about somebody saying In ‘N Out Burger is overrated. While it’s a perfectly fine West Coast fast food chain, it is absolutely overrated at this point. The fries are average at best, and the burgers are merely okay compared to all of the other burger joints out there.