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Celtics Talk Podcast: Should Kyrie Irving be on C's All-Decade team?

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Should Kyrie Irving be on C's All-Decade team?

Want to get into a heated debate with your family members this holiday season?

If they're Boston Celtics fans, just pose this question: Who is your "starting five" C's team of the last decade (2010 to 2019)?

It's a tricky exercise, considering the last 10 years cover several very different eras in Celtics history, from the end of the "Big Three" to an Isaiah Thomas-led resurgence to the soap opera that was Kyrie Irving's two-year tenure.

On the latest episode of NBC Sports Boston's "Celtics Talk Podcast," Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg hashed out their "All-Decade" teams -- and Draper raised eyebrows by including Irving on his starting five along with Isaiah Thomas, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Al Horford.

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Here's Draper's explanation:

I'm talking about the numbers. Look at the numbers Kyrie put up in the city of Boston. You cannot argue with the regular season he had his final year: 23.8 points, close to seven assists, five rebounds, 40 percent from three. He was must-see TV every single night.

Forsberg and Blakely were quick to point out Irving's stat-padding didn't get the Celtics anywhere: The team won just one playoff series when he was healthy and reached the Eastern Conference Finals without him in 2018.

In fact, Forsberg was so shocked by Draper's selection that he almost caused a car crash.

I got in my car and saw the email ... and saw Kyrie (on your list) and I nearly drove into the median because I was so taken aback.

Needless to say, Forsberg and Blakely didn't have Irving in their "All-Decade" backcourts. Check out the full "Celtics Talk Podcast" episode on the NBC Sports Boston podcast network to hear them break down their starting fives, and stay tuned throughout the week to NBCSportsBoston.com, where we'll also break down the Celtics' top five draft picks of the decade and best moments of the decade.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Raptors, which tips off Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike and Scal have the call at 12 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Here's how Celtics' Gordon Hayward is staying busy amid coronavirus outbreak

Here's how Celtics' Gordon Hayward is staying busy amid coronavirus outbreak

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is spending some much needed time with his family, but he's probably seen Disney's "Frozen" more times than he's wanted to. 

"I think I've watched 'Frozen' 35 times already," Hayward said, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe. 

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Watching Disney films isn't the only thing the 30-year-old gamer is doing -- Hayward told Lowe he's been teaching his daughters how to play Mario Kart and Pokemon. While Hayward is one of the NBA's biggest video game nerds, he, unfortunately, isn't participating in the NBA 2K Tournament that begins on Saturday.

While his daughters are enjoying watching movies and playing video games, Hayward says they're missing the TD Garden court. 

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"This was the first season they actually liked to go," Hayward said. "And not to watch me play. Just to hang out. They miss that."

Hayward probably misses it even more. He's averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from beyond the arc. In the C's final game before the NBA hit pause on the 2019-20 campaign, Hayward tallied 27 points against the Indiana Pacers with 10 rebounds. 

If the NBA season does resume at any point in the future, Hayward should be well-rested and ready to go. 

 

Isaiah Thomas recalls Celtics' attempt at 'Funeral Game' vs. Wizards

Isaiah Thomas recalls Celtics' attempt at 'Funeral Game' vs. Wizards

The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards had an entertaining rivalry going throughout the 2016-17 NBA season, and but it really escalated on January 24, 2017.

Wizards players showed up to the Verizon Center that night wearing all black ahead of their matchup against the C's. Washington went on to win 123-108, and John Wall dubbed it the "Celtics' funeral."

Boston didn't forget that when the two teams met months later in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

With his Celtics up 3-2 in the thrilling second-round series, Isaiah Thomas decided they were going to have a "Funeral Game" of their own. Boston showed up wearing all black, then proceeded to lose in Game 6 thanks to a game-winning 3-pointer from Wall.

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I.T. recalled the C's attempt at their own "Funeral Game" on the latest episode of NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Talk Podcast.

"I send a text out to everybody before we leave Boston," Thomas said. "Everybody wear black because we're going to a funeral and we're gonna end it [in Washington].

"Nobody knew but the players," he said. "So then everyone wore black and when everybody walked in, people started to talk. Then when we ended up losing and John hitting the game-winner and him doing the interview after he's like, 'Don't ever wear black in my city.' I'm like [busts out laughing]."

Apparently, the rivalry was even more intense than it looked. Thomas maintained close friendships with multiple players on the 2016-17 Wizards team but with all that transpired, he wasn't sure those relationships would last.

"John [Wall] is one of my close friends, like, I didn't even talk to John in the series," he said. "Markieff [Morris] is one of my close friends too from when we played on Phoenix and during that series, I didn't think we would ever talk again with how crazy it got."

Listen to the full interview below (Funeral Game talk begins at 14:14 mark):

It probably would be a more sensitive subject for I.T. had the series not ended up going in the Celtics' favor. Boston pulled off a 115-105 win with Thomas notching 29 points and 12 assists in what ended up being the Wizards' real funeral in Game 7.

That offseason, Thomas was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the deal that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston. He since has played for the Lakers, Nuggets, and coincidentally, the Wizards. Now, I.T. is a free agent and Irving is teamed up with Kevin Durant on the Brooklyn Nets.

Wall, Bradley Beal, and Ian Mahinmi are the only players from that 2016-17 Wizards team still with Washington. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown are the only ones left on the C's.