The Boston Celtics were not exempt from being inconvenienced by the pesky snowstorm Thursday.

The Boston Celtics were not exempt from being inconvenienced by the pesky snowstorm Thursday.
    
The players and coaching staff were stranded at the team's training facility in Waltham as gridlock prevented them from leaving.
   
The Celtics concluded practice at 1:30 p.m., then held a one-hour meeting, but it wasn't until 8 p.m. when players were able to depart. The exit from the training facility was blocked by traffic that simply was not moving, so the Celtics decided to wait it out inside.
    
"There wasn't really nowhere to go,'' said center Kendrick Perkins. "We were snowed in; there was traffic. It was crazy. 
  
"I didn't end up leaving till after 8:30. We couldn't get out. Cars stopped, they were running out of gas. I just got tired of being at the practice facility and we gave it a shot.
   
"When I finally left, it took me about 45 minutes (nearly 40 minutes longer than normal). I broke a couple of rules getting home.''

Said guard Tony Allen, "I got there at 8:30 in the morning and got home at 8:45 at night. You do the math.''

The Celtics had card games, got haircuts, watched the extended coverage of the release of baseball's Mitchell Report, played pool, used the sauna and steam room, got massages and had a half-court shot contest.
   
"We were just hanging out, getting some team unity,'' said forward Brian Scalabrine, who attempted to leave twice but had to turn around and didn't get home until after 10 p.m.
    
Team travel and equipment manager John Connor managed to get some pizza from a nearby restaurant.
    
Coach Doc Rivers settled in and didn't attempt to leave for his home in Boston until 10 p.m., by which time the ride was a lot smoother.
     
"I was on the treadmill, burning time and calories,'' Rivers said. "I just watched more film and then I watched the (Miami) Heat game. It's just one of those days.''

Rivers, whose wife, Kris, is at their house outside of Orlando, Fla., got little consolation from her while he was stranded.
     
"She said her only concern was getting the ice cream in from the car because she was worried about it melting,'' Rivers said. "That's nice.''

Rookie Glen Davis, who is from Louisiana and had never driven in snow before this month, tried to convince reporters he left at 7 p.m. Some of those reporters were stuck in traffic where Davis would have had to exit at that very hour.
    
"I weaved my way out of it,'' said Davis, who said it was like driving in mud. "I'm telling you what I did, weaving in and out, take a right and I was home free. I got home fast, real fast.''

Did Davis had to drive on the wrong side of the road to make that happen?
    
"I don't know what you're talking about,'' he said with a smile.

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