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Gordon Hayward Scores 20 Points In Sweep, Says 'It's Just The Beginning' For Celtics

Apr 21, 2019 7:03 PM

Gordon Hayward shot 7 of 9 from the field and scored 20 points in the Boston Celtics' 110-106 win over the Indiana Pacers to sweep the series.

"There's nothing worse than sitting there and not be able to play in the playoffs especially. So to be able to be with my teammates, be a part of something like this where we got a chance to sweep the Pacers, after everything that happened last year, it makes it all worth it -- no doubt. And it's just the beginning for us. We still got a lot of work to do," said Hayward.

Brad Stevens added that their patience with Hayward's progress throughout the season is paying off in the playoffs.

"It's been a long process to get back to where he probably feels as good as he does now. We knew that going in. We said all year [that] every 20 games he's going to be a little bit better, and he was big at the end of the game tonight for sure," said Stevens.

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Kyrie Irving After 37-Point Performance: 'It's Pretty Peaceful'

Apr 18, 2019 12:58 AM

Kyrie Irving struck a reflective tone after finishing with 37 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in the Boston Celtics' 99-91 win over the Indiana Pacers to take a 2-0 series lead.

"It's pretty peaceful. I'm just happy to be able to be part of a lineage of great players that have put on some unbelievable performances here in the TD, as well as in the old Garden. But it felt good to be here in this position, playing in this arena. It's just been a long journey having those two knee surgeries and watching the team last year. And finally getting a chance to lace them up for the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs? There's nothing like it," said Irving.

The Pacers were up 12 points with 11:20 left in the 4th quarter. With Irving on the bench, the Celtics responded with an 8-0 run. Irving came back into the game and scored 9 straight points.

"Kyrie was incredible in coming back, and when he gets on a run like that, he's going to draw even more attention than he already draws, which is as much as anybody draws in the league. And so, in the last couple minutes of the game, he just made the right play," said Brad Stevens.

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Jayson Tatum: Being Traded Is Part Of The Game, I'll Play For Whomever

Apr 17, 2019 6:03 PM

Jayson Tatum had a disappointing second regular season in the NBA in which shooting efficiency dropped. Tatum has also been mentioned in trade rumors involving Anthony Davis once the Boston Celtics can trade for him this offseason.

“Trade rumors don’t bother me,” Tatum said of trade rumors. “They’re talking about trading me for guys like Anthony Davis. So, I mean, I must be doing something pretty well.” When pressed on whether this bothered him, he didn’t budge: “I love the game of basketball. Being traded is part of the game. I’ll play for whomever. It’s something I can’t control.”

“Circumstances don’t affect him,” Brad Stevens said. “First game of the season, he’s unaffected by the jitters that everybody has. Seventh game of a playoff series? Unaffected. At least, he shows himself to be unaffected, and he can thrive in that environment.”

Tatum also revealed he has a poster of himself dunking on LeBron James in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

“I’ve got a big-ass picture of it in my house,” Tatum said.

The Celtics ultimately lost the game as the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to The Finals.

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Cavaliers Would Have Interest In Trading For Gordon Hayward

Apr 17, 2019 3:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have interest in trading for Gordon Hayward this offseason should he become available by the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers offered Hayward a max contract during his 2014 restricted free agency.

Hayward's name is mentioned by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in trade scenarios involving the contract of J.R. Smith. The Celtics will try to re-sign Kyrie Irving and trade for Anthony Davis this offseason. If they strike out on Irving and Davis, the Celtics could conceivably reset around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Hayward is under contract for two more seasons.

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Brian Windhorst On Kyrie Irving: Hell Of A Player, Strange Man

Apr 16, 2019 9:29 AM

Kyrie Irving celebrated his first playoff win with the Boston Celtics by embracing his father. Irving missed the entire 2018 NBA Playoffs.

"Kyrie is a strange dude," said Brian Windhorst on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast. "They win Game 1. He played okay. He kind of took over in the second half.

"He runs over to his family after winning Game 1 in the same vein Tiger (Woods) ran over to his family after winning The Masters. He's celebrating with his dad. I'm all for it."

Windhorst compared how Irving celebrated a first round win to his reaction when the Cleveland Cavaliers won The Finals in 2016.

"He won The Finals and he was angry," said Windhorst. "He, seriously, won The Finals, his father and sister came out to hug him and he was angry. He was mad, in that moment.

"And then, when he got to the locker room, while his teammates were celebrating, he FaceTimed Kobe (Bryant). 

"This is a strange man. Hell of a player, strange man."

Windhorst added that he can see Irving re-signing with the Celtics if they go on a run in the playoffs. Windhorst was then asked by Rachel Nichols what he believes the odds are of Irving re-signing with the Celtics if they're eliminated in the second round where they will presumably play the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks.

"50-50 at best, probably too high," said Windhorst. "I'm protecting myself a little bit there so I don't get aggregated."

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Marcus Smart Diagnosed With Torn Oblique, To Miss 4-6 Weeks

Apr 10, 2019 6:55 PM

Marcus Smart will miss 4-6 weeks after being diagnosed with a torn oblique on his left side.

The timeline would sideline Smart through the Celtics' first round matchup against the Pacers, and a potential second round matchup against the Bucks.

Smart will resume basketball activities in 4 weeks.

Smart has been one of the Boston Celtics' most productive players. Jaylen Brown will likely take his place in the lineup.

Smart re-signed with the Celtics last offseason on a four-year, $52 million deal.

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Celtics Sign Jonathan Gibson

Apr 9, 2019 11:38 AM

The Boston Celtics have signed guard Jonathan Gibson.

Gibson, 31, returns to Boston after playing in four games for the Celtics in 2017-18. He averaged 8.5 points on 60.9% shooting (50.0% 3-PT), including an 18-point performance (8-13 FG) in the team’s regular-season finale against Brooklyn on April 11. Gibson (6-2, 185 lbs.) has played in 21 career NBA games with Dallas and Boston, recording 6.7 points (41.5% FG, 36.8% 3-PT), 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Gibson played in 44 games (14 starts) for the Qingdao Double Star Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2018-19, where he averaged 33.1 points (46.1% FG, 39.0% 3-PT, 86.5% FT), 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists. His 33.1-point scoring mark ranks eighth in the CBA. 

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Celtics Lose Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum To Injury

Apr 8, 2019 2:48 AM

Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum both left the Boston Celtics' 116-108 loss to the Orlando Magic due to injury.

Smart was diagnosed with a left oblique strain, while Tatum suffered a left shin contusion.

Smart's injury appeared more worrisome for the Celtics as Tatum had been dealing with his injury before Sunday's game. Brad Stevens said they'll wait until tomorrow to update Smart's condition.

"We'll see what that looks like tomorrow. He was a little sore but was walking around, which was good, in the locker room," said Stevens.

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Gordon Hayward After Perfect Night: It's Slowly Coming Back

Apr 6, 2019 1:54 PM

Gordon Hayward scored 23 points while shooting 9 of 9 from the field in the Boston Celtics' 117-97 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Hayward added that his explosiveness from Utah is slowly returning.

“That’s a lot of what I did when I was in Utah, finishing in the lane with different types of finishes off one foot, two feet, fade-back, things like that. Some is slowly coming back, some is more explosive and can handle the contact a little better, staying on balance. It’s coming together nicely, and I have to continue to attack and get to the line," said Hayward.

Hayward is shooting 64.4% and 42.9% from 3 in his last 5 games.

Brad Stevens added that Hayward isn't forcing anything in his game.

“He’s obviously attacking with great physicality, but that’s what he does. He’s playing really well. He’s still not forcing anything that’s not there. He had a couple of times that he could have forced it and he just kicked it out and let the next guy make the play, which is the right play."

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RealGM Radio: Tim Bontemps On the East

Apr 4, 2019 5:00 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Tim Bontemps of ESPN (@TimBontemps) break down the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

They discuss how the Bucks, Raptors, 76ers and Celtics are looking going into the postseason in terms of how they are playing, health and the massive long-term ramifications looming for all four franchises.

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76ers Sign Greg Monroe For Remainder Of Season
Greg Monroe recently signed a 10-day contract with the Celtics.

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Celtics Ban Fan Through Next Season For Yelling Racial Slur At DeMarcus Cousins
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Kyrie Irving Says Kemba Walker 'Torches Us Everytime'
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Greg Monroe Signs 10-Day Contract With Celtics
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Marcus Smart On Ejection For Shoving Joel Embiid: 'I'll Do It Over Again'
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Marcus Smart Fined $50,000 For Shoving Joel Embiid
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Marcus Smart Ejected, Aron Baynes Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle
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Isaiah Thomas On Potential Celtics Return: 'You Never Know'
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Gordon Hayward Leaves Game With Strained Neck, Celtics To Give Al Horford Rest
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James Dolan Expects Knicks To Have 'Very Successful Offseason From What We've Heard'
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Kyrie Irving Offers Effusive Praise Of Doc Rivers
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Kyrie Irving On Leadership Struggles This Season: 'I've Made A Lot Of Mistakes'
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Jabari Bird Pleads Guilty Of Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend
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Kyrie Irving Empathizes With LeBron James' Struggles With Lakers
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Windhorst: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving Were Like 'A Middle School Couple' At ASG
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Kyrie Irving Found Recent Conversations With Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens Very Helpful
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Paul George Tells Gordon Hayward It Took 2 Years To Recover From Tibia Fracture
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Danny Ainge: Brad Stevens Is Least To Blame By Far For Boston's Issues
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