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Brad Stevens calls Celtics season 'a journey of growth'

Brad Stevens calls Celtics season 'a journey of growth'

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens knew from the beginning of the season that his team would run into some rough patches.

Before Monday night's game vs the Clippers, Stevens addressed the ups and downs of the C's 2018-19 campaign and referred to it as a "journey of growth."

"I didn't think we were very good in October," Stevens told NBA.com. "If you go back to any of our preseason games, there was a lot of alarms going off, a lot of red flags. You could tell that we were going to have some struggles going into the season. And so it's been a journey of growth like it always is, and there's valleys in that, there's peaks in that, you just kind of move on. I said earlier this week, our teams in the past have done a better job of staying in the moment in games, and a better job of moving on after games. And that's what this team hopefully, you know, is getting to. We're encouraged by the way we're capable of playing. We're encouraged by the results of this trip. But we still need to play better and we know that."

In what's been a tumultuous season of off-court drama, Celtics star Kyrie Irving's leadership often has been called in question. Asked about how Irving's leadership impacts the team over the course of the season, Stevens stressed that it isn't about one player. It's about the entire unit.

"Everybody's leadership impacts it, right? But I think certainly we take a lot from Kyrie, but we owe a lot to Kyrie," Stevens said. "We have to be responsible and doing all of our jobs well too. And, you know, the guy who's the best player always gets the most scrutiny and then when things go really well always gets a lot of praise. And the reality is that he's going to get all that kind of attention, and I think we all have jobs to do to lessen that in times where it's not going as well because it's never about one person, it's about all of us. It's about a team."

With 15 games remaining on the year, the Celtics find themselves in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the 76ers and Pacers. Following victories over the Warriors, Kings, and Lakers, Stevens and the Celtics look to complete the four-game West Coast road trip sweep with a win versus the Clippers.

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Kemba Walker stretchered off after suffering injury in Celtics game vs. Nuggets

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Kemba Walker stretchered off after suffering injury in Celtics game vs. Nuggets

DENVER — Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker appeared to suffer a serious neck injury after a scary collision with teammate Semi Ojeleye late in the first half of Friday’s game against the Denver Nugget.

Walker had his head down as he chased a rebound and appeared to hit Ojeleye’s stomach as the forward started moving the opposite way up the court. Walker immediately fell to the ground and rolled on his left side as trainers rushed to check on him.

Here's a look at the play courtesy of the Celtics on NBC Sports Boston Twitter account.

The game was delayed more than six minutes as medical personnel immobilized Walker, moved him to a stretcher, and took him from the court. Concerned Celtics teammates gathered around Walker as he was being tended to and the Pepsi Center went eerily quiet.

The Celtics did not immediately offer an injury update on Walker.

We'll have more updates on this breaking news story as they become available.

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Paul Pierce expects 'loudest boos in league history' when Kyrie Irving returns to Boston

Paul Pierce expects 'loudest boos in league history' when Kyrie Irving returns to Boston

Wednesday's Celtics-Nets matchup should be circled on every NBA fan's calendar as it could mark Kyrie Irving's first game back in Boston since leaving for Brooklyn over the summer.

Irving not fulfilling his promise to re-sign didn't exactly go over well with C's fans, which means there likely will be plenty of boos when Boston's former guard takes the floor.

Danny Ainge said he believes Irving deserves a video tribute and shouldn't be booed, but you'd be hard-pressed to find many Celtics fans who agree.

In fact, Celtics great Paul Pierce said Friday on ESPN's "NBA Countdown" he expects "one of the loudest boos in league history" when Irving returns to TD Garden on Thanksgiving Eve.

Watch below:

“This has never happened, a player of his caliber saying, ‘I’ll be back,’ and then leave,” Pierce went on to say. “This has never happened. When has that happened with a player of his caliber? It’s never happened. He deserves it.”

Irving's status for Wednesday's matchup remains up in the air as he's missed the last several games with a shoulder injury. He's averaging 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists with the Nets this season.

You can watch Irving's return to Boston right here Wednesday on NBC Sports Boston. We'll have you covered with Celtics Pregame Live at 6 p.m. ET, then Tommy Heinsohn and Mike Gorman will have the call at 7 p.m.

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