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Ainge speaks highly of Sullinger, Melo

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Ainge speaks highly of Sullinger, Melo

Danny Ainge speaks with Greg Dickerson after the Celtics draft Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo in the first round of the 2012 Draft.

On Sullinger: "I think Jared can score in the low post. He's a young player. I think he can get better. I think his body can get in a little better shape. The one thing we don't see him do a lot in college that i think he has the ability to do is really step out and make shots. He can pass. he's a real thinker. He's been a real winner everywhere he's been so far in his young life. So I think he's a real good addition."

On Melo: "What I like about Fab is three things in particular, other than the size. He was a terrific shot blocker, and he takes charges. There's not many guys in the league that take a charge and block shots. The other things is he's a very good offensive rebounder. And anybody who has watched us play knows how bad we are in shot-blocking and offensive rebounding. So, he's young, he's got to learn more about the game, you know, being from another country and there's some adjustments there, but we're excited. Big guys are hard to find, and I think he has a bright future here as well."

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Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Hopes that the Celtics would have Gordon Hayward back in the lineup later this year were dashed last night by Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night for a fractured and dislocated left tibia, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said earlier in the day that Hayward's prognosis would be better known after doctors saw the extent of the damage. When the operation was over, Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski not to expect Hayward to play again this season.

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“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Stevens had said earlier. “No timeline on it, but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE