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Are we beginning to see the real Bobby V.?

Are we beginning to see the real Bobby V.?

Bob Ryan says Bobby Valentine is a different breed from the type of men you see in positions of power -- in all sports -- today.

"He doesn't turn the other cheek; he's a street fighter," the Boston Globe columnist said on 'Sports Sunday' with Michael Felger, Dan Shaughnessy and Lou Merloni. "It's very unlike a typical modern sports coach or manager."

He kept that persona more or less under wraps during the first half of the season. But his frank comments about Kevin Youkilis before Sunday's game, and his criticisms of Cody Ross for a play during the game, could be an indication that we're finally seeing the Bobby Valentine we thought we were getting when the Red Sox hired him.

Shaughnessy thinks Valentine may have come to a decision over the All-Star break.

"He said to himself, if I'm going to go down, I'm going to go down with guns blazing," said Shaughnessy. "What do I care? I'm on a two-year contract, I'm 62 years old . . . I'm just going to be me."

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.

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Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “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