Kyrie Irving's Game 7 absence explained after Mark Jackson criticism

Brad Stevens perfectly describes Marcus Smart's mentality

Earlier this week, Smart declared he's worth more than $12-14 million on the open market.

"Kyrie had a deviated septum, had some surgery on that, and so I don't think he wanted to be seen", Ainge told ESPN.

The Boston Celtics couldn't even get a chance to reflect on their Game 7 loss before one of their players started talking about getting paid for next season.

But having too many excellent players is an incredible problem to have. "Just for the things I do on the court that don't show up on the stat sheet". The Celtics are going to need to stay as far underneath the luxury tax as possible, which will not be very far, and Baynes affords them that opportunity. Boston's all I know. What was interesting about yesterday's game was I felt like it was one of the playoff games that we lost that we should have won.

"It was just a question that was asked and he answered it".

"When Smart says ugly and physical, in his mind that's handsome". Marcus is a good player. "He provides a lot of energy for our team, and I hope that we can work something out going forward". He requested a trade and was dealt to Boston in the offseason. "I don't think any of us can really understand".

And with Ainge calling the shots, it's nearly impossible to predict the future. His injury was the first of two major ones, the second being a late-season knee injury that sidelined Kyrie Irving right before the playoffs. Seeing players like Jayson Tatum rise up becoming successful. wouldn't you agree he did pretty well in his first season as an National Basketball Association player and a Celtic I'd say so? "We were able to win some games and we were able to fight through some tough battles, but we're much, much better with Kyrie and Gordon".

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