Celtics’ Rivers Turns Attention to Knicks After Weeklong Manhunt

The Celtics turned their attention to today’s playoff game in New York, while the Red Sox and Bruins planned to return sports to Boston after the capture of the second suspect in this week’s deadly marathon bombings.

The Celtics, who were preparing for their opening National Basketball Association playoff game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, spent yesterday calling their families to make sure they were safe, said coach Doc Rivers.

Boston was on lockdown while police searched for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, wanted for the bombings that killed three people at the Boston Marathon on April 15. A wounded Tsarnaev was discovered last night hiding beneath the cover of a boat parked in Watertown, Massachusetts.

“This is what everyone’s going through, not just basketball players,” Rivers told reporters after practice at Columbia University. “Honestly, for us, getting on the floor is good medicine. It gets you focused on your job.”

The Celtics ended the regular season in Toronto on April 17 and then decided to travel directly to New York to practice instead of returning to Boston. The Celtics aren’t scheduled to play on their home court until Game 3 on April 26.

“Listen, to some people, basketball games aren’t going to matter,” Rivers said. “Some people, just the joy of the sport and the victory -- it’ll help people. It’ll help people heal. I just think the public gathering helps, more than anything, because that’s what’s been affected in a lot of ways.”

Boston officials have restored mass transportation, which is used by many fans to get to professional sports venues.

The Red Sox are scheduled to start their Major League Baseball series today against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Last night’s postponed game hasn’t yet been rescheduled.

The Bruins’ National Hockey League game last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden was rescheduled for today at 12:30 p.m., the team said.

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