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I stopped Martell Webster before Monday’s game to chat about some things, and he told me he only had a few minutes because he was headed to acupuncture treatment. For some reason this fascinated me, so I asked him about it.

“I have that ab strain going on, and I need to get some relief,” he explained, when I asked him if the needle therapy is uncomfortable. “Dry needle is weird. It hurts. It’s when they go in and actually floss your muscle with the needle. Acupuncture, they just stick it in pressure points to try to relieve some tension.”

Webster said he does it before every game, and that he’s sold on the technique.

“Training isn’t just muscles and lifting weights,” he said. “Sometimes you need to relax. You need to try it.”

No, thanks. I’m good.