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Practicing underground

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 7, 2010

Because Northeastern University's graduation was being held at the TD Garden Friday morning (causing gridlock around the arena), the Cavs held shootaround at Suffolk University's Regan Gymnasium in the heart of Boston.
The gym, home of the school's Division III basketball team, was dug in the basement of a building, with the floor installed below ground. That gave it a claustrophobic feel. Several Cavs player had to duck through the doorway as they entered via the stairs.
All were greeted by director of athletics Jim Nelson, a former Boston College player under coach Bob Cousy. Suffolk men's basketball coach Adam Nelson was also there to assist.
Folding chairs were set up in a corner around a flat screen for film study and there were more chairs along the wall for players. Coaches operated from a folding table at mid-court.
 ''We've done it before where we've shot at awkward places,'' Cavs coach Mike Brown said. ''It's not that big of a deal. It's a gym, it's warm. We don't go long during shootaround. We don't do a ton. It's just good to get out of the hotel a little bit, get on the same page.''

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