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Celtics Talk Podcast: Danny Ainge Interview; Celtics Playoff Preview

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Danny Ainge Interview; Celtics Playoff Preview

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This edition of the Celtics Talk podcast features a full preview of the 1st Round Playoff series against the Indiana Pacers with our entire NBC Sports Boston crew. First, Abby Chin talked exclusively with Danny Ainge about the loss of Marcus Smart (oblique injury), (2:12) the roller coaster season that did not meet the high expectations, (5:20) Brad Stevens strengths in a playoff series, (6:25) summarizing Gordon Hayward's return this year and recent play, (8:15) Kyrie's upcoming decision this offseason and how the playoff run might affect it, (9:00) Magic Johnson's decision to step down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations and how demanding and time consuming the position can be.)

We then do a deep dive into the series with Kyle Draper, Brian Scalabrine, Chris Forsberg and A. Sherrod Blakely. They discuss on how to fill Smart's void in the lineup, who might start in his place, their predictions for the series and how far will the C's go.

Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn wrap things up with their own thoughts on the match-up with the Pacers.

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Celtics' Kemba Walker has extremely relatable take on driving in Boston

Celtics' Kemba Walker has extremely relatable take on driving in Boston

Kemba Walker is still adjusting to life as a Boston Celtic, maybe more so off the court than on it.

During the Celtics' annual Shamrock Foundation Tip-Off Gala on Thursday, Walker was asked about driving in Boston. He responded with possibly the most relatable quote of all time to all of us regular folk who have trouble driving in the city.

Don't worry, Kemba. You're not alone.

Despite putting up with the troubles up commuting in and out of Boston, Walker has been all smiles since coming to his new city over the summer. The Celtics hope the positive vibes that have surrounded the team since Walker came to town will last throughout the 2019-20 season, which begins Oct. 23 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Kemba Walker reveals his real height at Celtics Shamrock Gala

Kemba Walker reveals his real height at Celtics Shamrock Gala

Kemba Walker had been listed at 6-1 his entire NBA career, but on Thursday night he revealed what his real height is at the Celtics' Shamrock Gala. 

“My real height came out a few weeks ago and I’m 5-11,” Walker said at the event. 

The NBA set forth an initiative to get every player's actual height recorded so there wasn't any type of false information floating around. The only questionable part of it all is that every player's new measured height is without shoes, and NBA games are played with shoes if you haven't noticed. 

Either way, this confirms what many have already believed about Walker's height. As great a scorer and competitor he is, his lack of size poses questions regarding his ability to be the go-to option on offense in the biggest moments. Isaiah Thomas was terrific in every way offensively, but there was only so much he could do when a defense honed in on him during the playoffs. 

Two-way wings are typically the players that lead teams to championships, so if Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward or Jaylen Brown can turn into the No. 1 option for the Celtics, Walker poses as the perfect running mate to give defenses fits. Until then, Boston will have to lean on him as they did with Thomas, but it's clear this time has far more upside than the Thomas-led Celtics ever did. 

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