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Stevens: Celtics health in 'good shape' but Kyrie gets 'maintenance day'

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Stevens: Celtics health in 'good shape' but Kyrie gets 'maintenance day'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are in good shape health-wise as a team, but that doesn’t mean Brad Stevens won’t lighten the load of a player or so between now and the start of the season.
 
Stevens said Kyrie Irving will go “very, very light today” for what Stevens characterized as a “maintenance day.”


 
“We’ll add in maintenance days for different guys as we go along,” Stevens said. “Ultimately, that’s just an individual thing.”
 
While this is Irving’s first season, one must remember that Irving is coming off a much longer season than any of his Celtics teammates.
 
Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals last season, their third consecutive trip to the Finals.
 
Irving, 25, like most of the Celtics, is still adjusting to Boston’s emphasis on player’s rest and recovery.
 
“I’m appreciative of it,” Irving said. “I know the younger guys will be as they get older because I know older guys, it means a lot to them as well.”
 
The Celtics also have their pregame shoot-arounds shortly before games, as opposed to most teams who hold their shoot-around earlier that morning.
 
“I’m all for it, I’m all for it,” said Irving, smiling.
 
And while there’s always a concern when any Celtics player misses practice or is limited for whatever, Stevens made it clear that the health of his team is in a good place.

“If we’re playing a game tomorrow, everybody is ready to go,” Stevens said. “We’re in good shape.”
 

Report: Knicks given slight edge over Celtics as Kyrie's free-agent destination

Report: Knicks given slight edge over Celtics as Kyrie's free-agent destination

Those pesky Kyrie-to-the-Knicks rumors have been around even before Yahoo's Chris Mannix mentioned the Celtics were "scared" of Kyrie Irving heading there next summer. They picked up steam this week with another report of The Big Apple as a destination for Irving and Jimmy Butler to join forces.

Now, ESPN's NBA Forecast Panel gives the Knicks a slight edge over the Celtics to land Irving, 46.9 percent to  43.8 percent.

Here's part of the panel's explanation on ESPN's "The Jump": 

It would take some salary-cap machinations for New York to lure Irving to play close to where he grew up in West Orange, N.J. They would likely have to risk losing Kristaps Porzingis in free agency next summer by not giving him a big-money extension this season. 

There's also a potential pursuit of Kevin Durant in free agency next summer as the Knicks - playoff-less since 2013 and title-less for 45 years - make another attempt to spend their way back to relevance. 

Irving has made it clear he's not going to cost himself millions by signing an extension with the C's this season ("Contractually, financially, it just doesn’t make any sense”) and is headed to free agency, so, with training camp more than a month away, get used to a season full of questions about his future. And expect the Knicks speculation to heat up before the four C's-Knicks games (Oct. 20 and Feb. 6 in New York and Nov. 21 and Dec. 6 in Boston). 

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Danny Ainge has got the jokes...aimed at Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown

Danny Ainge has got the jokes...aimed at Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown

Danny Ainge was busy on Twitter late last night poking a little fun at a couple of his players.

Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, wondered where the defense was in a video of "Scary" Terry Rozier playing in a pickup game with Wizards guard John Wall and other NBAers. 

A little good-natured payback for Rozier's FaceTime interruption of Ainge's drafting of Robert Williams back in June?

A few minutes before his Rozier tweet, Ainge saw a video tweeted by Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton of Jaylen Brown showing his skills on the piano at the Berkeley campus' Sproul Plaza. Brown spent a year at Cal before being drafted by Boston in 2016.

Ainge couldn't resist a jab at Brown's ball-handling skills. 

So, Celtics players, post those Twitter videos at your own risk because the boss is watching.

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