Celtics play an October 5 exhibition game in Turkey

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.

Nope.

Instead, Rivers put them through about an hour’s worth of practice with a simple goal in mind — to keep them awake.

Huh?

“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.”

– Reported by A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE