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Ortiz 1-on-1: 'I want to stick around'

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Ortiz 1-on-1: 'I want to stick around'

Former Red Sox favorite Jonathan Papelbon bolted for Philadelphia, but the Red Sox still have one high-profile player left on the free agent market.

We're talking about David Ortiz, of course, the Red Sox DH who's has hit .289 with 320 home runs and 1028 RBI over his nine-year career with the Sox.

In an interview with ESPN shortly after the season ended, Ortiz expressed concern over the state of the Sox, and even said that he would consider playing with the Yankees.

Now, he tells CSNNE's Jessica Moran that he wants to remain a member of the Red Sox and hopes that a deal gets done.

"I've been saying for years that I want to stick around," Ortiz said. "Now this is like home to me. I love playing for the fans here, and that is something that is not news for anyone. So hopefully everything goes well."

So just how well is it going? Are the Sox making offers? Are other teams?

"I can't really talk about it. That's not of public news right now," Ortiz answered. "But, like I said . . . it's a situation where, of course, a lot of teams in the American League need players like myself and of course they're going to try to chase me. So hopefully the Red Sox get it done."

The Sox didn't even put an offer in for Papelbon, and he didn't waste any time accepting one from a team that did. Now, they're left without a closer -- a situation that Ortiz finds troublesome.

"It's going to be a little crazy," Ortiz said. "Because when it comes down to the end of the game, we definitely want to have a guy like Pap out there doing his thing."

But that won't be the case anymore. The Sox let Papelbon go, essentially deeming not worth the money or years that any closer should get.

"It's a little frustrating not seeing him in the uniform," Ortiz said. "But what can I say, this is a business and you got to do what you got to do."

"Hopefully the fans don't feel Papelbon betrayed them or anything like that. Of course we want to be part of this organization, but like I say, things happen and we are just employees."

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.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”

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James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”

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