Monday, 12 November, 2018

CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Game 7 learning experience; Why was Kyrie missing?

Kyrie Irving has not been available for the Boston Celtics this postseason GETTYKyrie Irving has not been available for the Boston Celtics this postseason
Sergio Cook | 04 June, 2018, 10:41

Speaking about all this after Boston's ugly loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Smart opened up about how he perceives his value. It is the highest-rated quarter hour of an National Basketball Association game on ESPN, as far as records go back. "He always points out that the players are the ones who, regardless of the situation, have made this a special team, defying all expectations and adversity game after game after game. That's going to eat at all of us for a while".

"We think this is the final step from a medical standpoint", Ainge said Thursday.

The good news on that front is that they have a pair of All-Stars coming back next season that missed the playoffs due to injury.

Irving underwent an earlier knee surgery in March to have a tension wire removed from the kneecap.

Smart, 24, is valued for his elite play on the defensive end of the court and his leadership skills, and many teammates referring to him as the "heart" of the team. Ainge said the team is willing to pay the luxury tax if that's what it takes to build a contender. "We think that he'll be playing basketball in the next couple months". "I want to be in Boston".

Horford averaged 12.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the regular season. The better your team becomes, the more sacrifices guys have to make.

"It was a very disappointing loss", Ainge said.

Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan that he wanted to attend the game but couldn't fly because of the surgery.

Irving underwent nasal surgery a few days earlier to fix a deviated septum.

On the other hand, we learned a lot about the composition of this young Celtics team during this exciting playoff run.

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