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Jayson Tatum replaces Aron Baynes in Celtics starting lineup vs. Sixers

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Jayson Tatum replaces Aron Baynes in Celtics starting lineup vs. Sixers

Brad Stevens is in full-blown lineup tinkering mode, going with a different starting lineup for the second time in as many days.

Tonight’s game against Philadelphia will include a Celtics starting five that consists of their Big Three – Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford – along with Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum.

Tatum replaces Aron Baynes with the first group, although his insertion into the lineup shifts Al Horford to center.

“We just want to continue to look at different ways, and different groups playing together,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s tip-off. “As I told them, it’s unlikely that would be something we’d set in stone by any means. But we want to continue to look at different groups and different guys together.”

Tatum, drafted by Boston with the third overall pick in last June’s NBA draft, has been among the more talked-about Celtics in training camp thus far.

In an interview with NBC Sports Boston earlier this week, Tatum said adjusting to all the changes that come with being an NBA player has been challenging at times.

“Everything happens so much quicker,” Tatum told NBC Sports Boston. “We only practiced three, four days and then we had a preseason game. So, you have to learn everything on the fly, and you play so many different teams, it’s a lot you have to learn.”

While Tatum has drawn rave reviews from many for his scoring ability, it has been his effort defensively thus far in training camp that has caught the eye of Stevens.

“He’s totally committed to being as good a defender as he can be,” Stevens said. “When you put guys out there with Kyrie, Gordon and Al, we need guys that make the team around them better. And with that, we also have to be mindful of groups that are playing off the bench together. We want to try and be the best we can be at both ends, and I’m encouraged by Jayson’s start defensively thus far.”

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Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his inappropriate language with a fan

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Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his inappropriate language with a fan

BOSTON – As expected, the NBA has fined Celtics guard Kyrie Irving $25,000 for using “inappropriate language” toward a fan at the Friday night game in Philadelphia.
 
The incident occurred at halftime as Irving and his teammates were heading to the locker room, trailing by four. Boston went on to win 102-92 for their first victory of the season.
 
A fan yelled, “Hey, where’s LeBron?” to which Irving replied with a lewd suggestion to the yeller.
 
The Celtics practiced on Saturday with Irving addressing the incident.

When asked if he had any regrets about the incident, Irving replied, “Hell no. Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s social media platform we live on.
 
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
 
When asked about the incident on Saturday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he had not seen the video but was aware of it.
 
“People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on,” Stevens said. “There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”

It was the second such fine levied by the league in as many days. 

New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins was fined $25,000 for "inappropriate language" toward a fan when the Pelicans lost 103-91 at Memphis on Wednesday. 
 

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”