A special edition of the "Celtics Talk" podcast as we bring you exclusive interviews with Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Danny Ainge. Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine talk with them following their introductory press conference on Friday, September 1st.
Kyrie Irving (4:09) talks about coming to Boston being "awesomely surreal", his reported rift with LeBron James, and how soon he thinks the overhauled Celtics roster can come together.
Gordon Hayward (14:45) speaks on the importance of the passion of Boston sports fans on his signing with the Celtics, whether he is ready to convert to a Tom Brady/Patriots fan from Manning/Colts, and more.
Danny Ainge (25:13) talks with Kyle and Scal about Hayward and Irving making huge sacrifices to come to Boston, and how difficult his conversation was with Isaiah Thomas around the trade.
BOSTON – Before Wednesday night’s tip-off against the Milwaukee Bucks, a recorded message from Gordon Hayward played on the Jumbotron above center court.
Hayward, out indefinitely after suffering a dislocated left ankle and fractured tibia in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday, had a simple message for those at the TD Garden about wishing he was there with his teammates.
They feel the same way, especially after coming up short for the second time in as many nights.
This time it was the Milwaukee Bucks getting it done down the stretch in defeating Boston 108-100.
Boston (0-2) has opened the season with back-to-back losses for the first time since 2013, Brad Stevens’ first season as the Celtics head coach.
After a fairly close start, Boston found itself down 58-53 at the half.
And just like their game at Cleveland the previous night, the Celtics were a different team in the third quarter.
Boston would pull ahead by as many as six points in the third before going into the fourth holding on to an 80-76 lead.
Jaylen Brown, who scored a career-high 25 points against the Cavs on Tuesday, was the catalyst to Boston’s third-quarter surge with nine of his 18 points in the quarter.
But Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, limited early on with foul trouble, seemed to get stronger and more impactful as the game progressed. He was one rebound shy of a double-double at the half, before finishing with 37 points and 13 rebounds.
Most of the fourth quarter was spent as a one-possession game, with neither team showing the ability to take over and pull away until the final few minutes as Milwaukee made just enough plays at both ends of the floor to keep the Celtics from overtaking them.
BOSTON – Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.
Hayward, who suffered a left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night, was considering having the surgery in Boston or back in Indiana by a doctor who had operated on him when he played at Butler.
It’s too soon to determine a timetable for Hayward’s return, although the Celtics anticipate he will most if not all of the remainder of this season.
Hayward’s injury delivers a major blow to a Celtics team that were considered a top-two team in the East by most.
With Hayward out for an extended period of time, teams like Washington and Toronto are likely to get more serious consideration as another strong threat to Cleveland which has advanced to the NBA Finals each of the last three seasons.
Replacing Hayward in the Celtics starting lineup was Marcus Smart who joined Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford.