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Box Score Bank: European Vacation

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Box Score Bank: European Vacation

This afternoon, the Celtics leave Boston for a week-long European Training Camp adventure. And if you're even somewhat familiar with the Green, you're familiar with the fact this is the second time in the Kevin Garnett era that the C's will start a season overseas.

But while this year's trip only consists of games with European teams, the Celtics' 2007 voyage was an All-NBA exhibition . . . and makes for a great Box Score Bank.

So, let's set our sights on . . . October 6, 2007.

"Crank That" by Soulja Boy was in its first of five glorious weeks atop the Billboard charts. The Farrelly Brothers "The Heartbreak Kid" was No. 1 at the Box Office. Fab Melo was a high school sophomore getting ready to start his second season of competitive basketball. The Celtics hadn't won an NBA title in 21 years . . .

And over in Rome, the Big 3 era kicked off with a four-point win over the Raptors.

Final Score: Celtics 89, Raptors 85

Here are some highlights to get the nostalgia pumping. (Also: Please stick around for, or click ahead to the Garnett dunk at the one minute mark, and file it away for the next time someone tries to tell you that No. 5 is looking like the "old KG.")

Paul Pierce led the way for Boston with 21 points, Garnett added 19 point and 16 rebounds, and Ray Allen chipped in 10 points. (shooting only 1-6 from three).

Garnett also picked up a technical foul. I assume, for an altercation with either Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, Carlos Delfino, Jorge Gabajosa, Rasho Nesterovic or any number of the European fans in attendance.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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.

But there is good news:

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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