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'Sorry, Mama Mayo'

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'Sorry, Mama Mayo'

International travel. Tom E. Curran's hair. Fantasy football. And an apology to -- this week -- Mama Mayo after a verbal Curran shot at Jerod Mayo that was as hard as anything Mayo's ever delivered at Gillette Stadium.

All that and more this week's during Tom E. CurranJerod Mayo conversation on 'Quick Slants'.

ON THIS WEEK'S GAME ACROSS THE POND
Curran: "You're in NEW England; but now you're going to . . . "

Mayo and Curran together: "OLD England."

Mayo (to the camera): "How did I know he was going to say that? 'Cause Curran's a corny guy. I knew it. I said it before he said it."

(A bit later)
Mayo: "Are you going to London this year?"

Curran: "Yeah, I'm going to be there."

Mayo: "Oh, nice!"

Curran: "How could you have the game without me?"

(And even later)

Curran: "Do you want to get together for a spot of tea when we get over to . . . "

Mayo: "We CAN get together for a spot of tea."

Curran (to the camera): "He's such a liar. He won't see me."

Mayo (in a British accent): "A spot of tea."

ON THE ONGOING SAGA OF CURRAN'S HAIR
Mayo: "Let's bring up your hair first and let's do a progress report . . ." (Curran dips his head to show his hairline.) "Still growing . . . "

Curran: "All right, injury report. How's the arm?"

Mayo: "No injury reports here."

Curran: "See? Hair report; no injury report."

(Later, when discussing the Patriots' defense)

Mayo: "Guys are hungry to learn. Guys are hungry to get better. And we have a young defense. Keep that in mind. It's week, what? Week Seven? Eight? So we still have a lot work to do. We're nowhere near a complete project.

"So save your fingernails; save your hair -- especially" points at Curran "-- and just continue to watch."

ON FANTASY FOOTBALL AND MORE MAMA APOLOGIES
Curran: "Steven Jackson has always been one of my favorite backs, and" to Mayo "you're always curious who I really enjoy, I know that."

Mayo: "He must be on your fantasy team."

Curran: "He's not, actually. I have Michael Turner. He's playing great. I did have Danny Amendola, though. It's a great signing by me."

Mayo: No response.

Curran (after a pause): "Back to Steven Jackson: He's huge."

Mayo: "What place are you in in your fantasy league? You picked up Danny Amendola, I know he has a lot of catches . . . "

Curran attempts to interrupt, but Mayo keeps going.

Mayo: "I understand. He's not playing right now."

Curran: "You knew that."

Mayo: "Obviously. You think I just sit at home and not watch film?"

Curran: "Looks that way on Sunday."

(Curran, pleased with the blow he landed, lets loose with an "Ohhh!")

Mayo: "That hurt. That really hurt."

Curran: "That was rough. But did you see what you said about my sweater last week?"

Mayo: "I did. Sorry, Mama Curran."

Curran: "Sorry, Mama Mayo."

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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