Brad Stevens discusses importance of sleep, how it impacts Celtics

Brad Stevens discusses importance of sleep, how it impacts Celtics

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has put an emphasis on sleep for as long as he can remember. 

Stevens makes sure that each and every member of his squad is getting a consistent night's sleep throughout the duration of the NBA season. 

"That's something you have to learn how to manage as well as you can," Stevens said. "In the NBA, obviously that presents itself over, and over and over. If we're going to get home after three o'clock in the morning, then we have to have significant recovery time before our next game for us to do that. If not, we will fly the next morning. If we're at a two-hour time difference, then we'll leave the hotel at 8:30. If we have a three-hour time difference, we might leave the hotel at 7:30 to get back on our time as well as we can.

"The more you can stay in a window of consistency in your sleep, the better. Our window is just unique during the season because of the late nights."

Considering the C's have a 9-1 record early on this campaign, it seems they're doing a terrific job managing their sleep schedule. They'll be back in action Friday night against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. 

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Bryce Brown hits franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

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Bryce Brown hits franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

The Maine Red Claws were in action at home at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday night hosting the Delaware Blue Coats, taking a 128-123 loss to fall to 7-4 and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Tacko Fall wasn’t in action, but Bryce Brown was simply furious, leading all scorers with 43 points 15 of 17 from the floor overall and a franchise single-game record 11 of 11 three-pointers. Tremont Waters was terrific, too, with 18 points and 11 assists.



Brown, an undrafted free agent who helped lead Auburn to its first Final Four appearance last spring, was simply unconscious for the Claws. He shot a perfect 11 of 11 from three-point range to give him an absurd effective field goal percentage of 1.2 for the game.


Waters, the Connecticut native, was crafty in his distribution, with just four turnovers to go with his 11 assists.

Yante Maten (18 points), Vincent Poirier (18) and Justin Bibbs (10) also scored in double-figures for the Red Claws.


The Red Claws return to action Friday in Des Moines, Iowa to face the Iowa Wolves, with tipoff at 8 p.m. ET.

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Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Anytime is a good time to watch highlights of the greatness that was Larry Bird playing for the Celtics.

But on Larry Legend's 63rd birthday? It's time to break out the best of No. 33...

The fight with Dr. J in 1984:

The 60-point game against the Hawks in '85:

The steal against Isiah Thomas and the Pistons in '87:

The "you are watching was greatness is all about" duel with Dominique Wilkins in '88:


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