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Kevin Garnett relaxing about rest

Celtics veteran reluctantly changing stance about taking some time off

Updated: March 5, 2013, 9:53 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers used to dread the conversation. Actually, it wasn't much of a conversation. It was Rivers essentially pleading with veteran Kevin Garnett to take time off -- a game, a practice, a shootaround, a team meeting, anything!? -- and Garnett always swatted away the suggestion as if it were an opponent's post-whistle shot.

But this season, Garnett has relented ever so slightly, listening to a 36-year-old body that requires increased maintenance ...

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