Brad Stevens Prepares for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals

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The Cleveland Cavaliers bested the C's 87-79 in an ugly offensive game where the Celtics shot an abysmal 7-39 from three, and 34 percent from the field. Of course, Marcus Smart makes up for he lacks as a scorer, with tireless effort on the defensive end, as well as a willingness to stick up for his teammates, an aspect of his game that doesn't go unnoticed in the locker room. Gordon Hayward's latest surgery.

When Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him, Ainge pounced, giving up fan favorite Isaiah Thomas in a package that left Boston with 11 new players. Despite being a poor shooter, the Celtics were a better team on offense and defense when he was on the floor this season.

There was hope late in the season that Hayward may have been ready for a playoff return.

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"I don't think it's a big deal at all, personally", Ainge said to hosts Toucher and Rich. I would much rather have the great Kyrie Irving in the building.

"Right now, they're young fellas and in order not to be young fellas they've got to persevere". City of the champions they call us, but Failure is the Key to success. "He's on the court now, finally doing a little bit of competition, like just 1-on-1".

We now know why Irving wasn't at the game.

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On opening night of the 2017-18 season, Hayward suffered a severe ankle fracture.

Hayward has since returned to court and is said to be holding one-on-one practices, but is a long way away from returning to competitive action. Also, Gordon Hayward will be back ready and strong bringing this team all the way.

But based on his exit interview Monday with Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens, Smart said he feels good about his future as a Celtic. Also, I think it will be Cleveland last National Basketball Association final for a while, on the other hand, Golden State I don't think it will be going anywhere for a little while especially in a Playoff run. And he'll progress along that line slowly.

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