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Isaiah's Boston goodbye on Players' Tribune: 'It still hurts'

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Isaiah's Boston goodbye on Players' Tribune: 'It still hurts'

In a heartfelt farewell to Boston on the Players' Tribune website, Isaiah Thomas writes about getting the news of the trade, how "it still hurts" and how he "wanted to be the Celtics version of Brady and Ortiz."

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Thomas writes that "I don't think the Boston Celtics got better by making this trade."

Here's the full excerpt: 

But yeah, I’ll just say it: That s*** hurt. It hurt a lot.

And I won’t lie — it still hurts.

It’s not that I don’t understand it. Of course I get it: This is a business. Danny is a businessman, and he made a business move. I don’t agree with it, just personally, and I don’t think the Boston Celtics got better by making this trade. But that’s not my job. That’s Danny’s. And it’s a tough job, and he’s been really good at it. But at the end of the day, these deals just come down to one thing: business. So it’s no hard feelings on that end. I’m a grown man, and I know what I got into when I joined this league — and so far it’s been more blessings than curses. I’m not sitting here, writing this, because I feel I was wronged. I wasn’t wronged. It was Boston’s right to trade me.

Thomas also writes about how he wanted to go down in history as a Boston sports legend alongside the likes of Tom Brady and David Ortiz. He wrote that Brady's was among the many texts he received after the trade:

To be getting a personal message like that from someone like Tom, who is such a Boston sports legend … I mean, it was bittersweet.

At first, honestly, it stung a little. I look at a career like Tom’s with the Patriots — and that’s exactly the kind of career that I had hoped to be building here with the Celtics: Being this low draft pick … coming in without acclaim … and then — through hard work, and determination, and some talent that maybe people had overlooked — just starting to win, and win, and win. And then establishing a legacy of winning. And then staying in Boston, winning titles and competing like hell, for the rest of my career — until I was considered one of the all-time Boston greats. That’s the career that I had started to map out for myself. In my mind, I wanted to be the Celtics version of Brady and Ortiz. I wanted this next era of Celtics basketball to go down in history — and I wanted to go down in Boston sports history with it. So when I got that text from Tom, you know, there was part of me that felt a little down.
 

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Stars, studs and duds: Rivals, but 'a brotherhood at the end of the day'

Stars, studs and duds: Rivals, but 'a brotherhood at the end of the day'

CLEVELAND – The Boston Celtics have moved well past silver linings when it comes to losing games. Regardless of the circumstances, they came up short, 102-99, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the season opener for both teams.
 
There were several players for both teams that played well, giving their respective clubs a shot at victory. But their play took a back seat to the story of the night which was Boston’s Gordon Hayward suffering a left ankle injury just five minutes into the game.
 
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and a fractured tibia, with surgery slated for Wednesday.

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“It’s a tough deal,” Stevens said. “But that’s part of it, the risk of injury.”
 
Such a gruesome injury certainly affects the Celtics, but its impact was felt in the Cavs locker room as well.
 
“My thoughts and prayers go out to Gordon and his family,” said LeBron James. “Hope for a speedy recovery and a healthy recovery.”
 
Dwyane Wade had similar sentiments for Hayward.
 
“This is a competitive game. We all compete,” Wade said. “But it’s a brotherhood at the end of the day and no one wants to see that at all, so our prayers go out to them for a great recovery for him.”
 
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Cleveland’s 102-99 win over Boston.
 
STARS
 
LeBron James

Despite being a game-time decision, James shook off whatever ankle issues he had leading up to tip-off, and delivered down the stretch once again. He would finish with a near triple-double which included a game-high 29 points along with 16 rebounds (also a game-high) and nine assists.
 
Jaylen Brown

The second-year forward stepped up for the Celtics when Hayward went down, finishing with a career-high 25 points along with six rebounds and three steals.
 
Kevin Love

He scored 15 points, but his 3-pointer from the corner with less than a minute to play would prove to be the game-winner for the Cavaliers. In addition to his scoring, he also grabbed 11 rebounds.
 
 

STUDS
 

Jayson Tatum

Making his first NBA start, Tatum finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds and in doing so, became the first Celtics rookie since Larry Bird to tally a double-double in his first NBA game.
 
Derrick Rose

He didn’t shoot the ball well but hit some timely shots when it mattered, among them being a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter that gave Cleveland a 72-71 lead. He would finish with 14 points and 4 rebounds along with two assists.
 
 

DUDS
 
Three-point shooting

It’s early. I get it. But both teams, if they’re going to be the last teams standing, have to do better. Boston was 8-for-32 from 3-point range (25 percent) and the Cavs were even worst, shooting 22.7 percent on 5-for-22 from 3-point range.

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