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Danny Ainge addresses report of Kyrie Irving possibly leaving Celtics

Danny Ainge addresses report of Kyrie Irving possibly leaving Celtics

You've probably heard the report by now: There's apparently a "growing belief of uncertainty" Kyrie Irving will re-sign with the Boston Celtics this summer.

But Irving promised to do just that before the 2018-19 season even began. So, how does his boss feel about this potential change of heart?

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge addressed the Irving report Thursday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" radio show.

I talk to Kyrie all the time. My feelings have not changed. I feel like Kyrie likes it in Boston, but I certainly can’t talk about Kyrie’s impending free agency. That’s taboo, and we won’t know anything until July for certain. But I'm optimistic.

Another report suggests Irving is "genuinely interested" in reuniting with LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers, a fire James himself stoked by serenading his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate on Instagram.

Ainge insisted he hadn't seen the video -- "I have no idea what you're talking about" -- but in a broader point explained the process of convincing Irving to stay with the Celtics is ongoing.

We need to sell free-agents-to-be that are out there, potential free agents, our own players that this is a place they want to be on a regular basis. Of course we want to keep Kyrie, and time will tell.

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See why the Celtics' win over Denver was extra special for the Green Team's starters

See why the Celtics' win over Denver was extra special for the Green Team's starters

BOSTON -- We’ve seen a starter or two from the Boston Celtics’ first unit get hot on any given night. 

But all five starters?

That was indeed the case on Friday night in Boston’s 108-95 win over the Denver Nuggets. 

For the first time this season, all five starters for Boston (16-5) shot at least 50 percent from the field. 

  • Marcus Smart 4-for-5 (80 percent)
  • Daniel Theis 3-for-4 (75 percent)
  • Jaylen Brown 8-for-15 (53.3 percent)
  • Jayson Tatum 10-for-19 (52.6 percent)
  • Kemba Walker 8-for-16 (50 percent)

The previous high this season for Celtics starters shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, is four which Boston did on two separate occasions (at San Antonio on Nov. 9 and vs Dallas Nov. 11).

But what made Friday’s performance so special was that Boston did it against a Denver team that came into the game limiting teams to just 42.9 percent shooting from the field which ranked fourth in the NBA. 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which tips off Monday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Tommy & Mike have the call at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Celtics' Jaylen Brown says he and Jayson Tatum are 'like fire and ice'

Celtics' Jaylen Brown says he and Jayson Tatum are 'like fire and ice'

The Boston Celtics earned a dominant victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night, and they were once again led by the dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Tatum and Brown scored 26 and 21 points respectively, further showing that they're both making significant strides in their development. While they continue to embrace their roles as budding stars for Boston, that's where the similarities between the two young guns end.

Brown described the combination of him and Tatum with a perfect quote after the win.

“We’ve got different games ... It’s like fire and ice," he said.

That'll be printed on a T-shirt in no time. The question now, though, is who's fire and who's ice?

Next up for Brown, Tatum, and the rest of the surging C's is a matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-16) on Monday night.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which tips off Monday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Tommy & Mike have the call at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.