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Enes Kanter 'disappointed' Kyrie Irving won't return to Boston on Wednesday

Enes Kanter 'disappointed' Kyrie Irving won't return to Boston on Wednesday

Kyrie Irving won't be in Boston for Wednesday night's Celtics-Nets matchup... not that that comes as a surprise to anyone.

But it does come as a disappointment. Prior to the 2019-20 campaign. Wednesday's game was circled on countless calendars as it marked Irving's first game at TD Garden since leaving for Brooklyn in free agency over the summer.

Celtics big man Enes Kanter wasn't on the team last year to get the full Kyrie experience, but Irving missing the anticipated matchup with a shoulder injury still bums him out. He shared his thoughts on the matter in the latest episode of NBC Sports Boston's "The Enes Kanter Show."

"I'm disappointed. I'll be honest," Kanter said. "We've been waiting for this moment for a long time, and now he's hurt and not playing? I'm really disappointed. But there's two games, of course, and he's going to come back. And... we're going to welcome him somehow."

How does Kanter see Irving being welcomed when he does eventually make his return?

"Well, from what I've heard from the fans, it's going to be very interesting," Kanter answered.

Yeah, you could say that again.

Coverage for Wednesday night's game begins at 7 p.m. right here on NBC Sports Boston. Then, the C's will head to Brooklyn for another game against the Nets on Friday.

Listen to the full Enes Kanter Show episode below (Kyrie talk begins at 28:50 mark):

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Classic Celtics: Larry Bird lifts C's over Rockets in 1986 NBA Finals clincher

Classic Celtics: Larry Bird lifts C's over Rockets in 1986 NBA Finals clincher

Some consider the 1986 Boston Celtics one of the greatest NBA teams of all time.

Here's your chance to watch them finish off that historic season.

NBC Sports Boston's "Classic Celtics" series -- which brought you Kemba Walker's 32-point outburst against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday -- rolls on Friday with Game 6 of the 1986 NBA Finals between the Celtics and Houston Rockets.

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The Rockets took Game 5 in Houston to send the series back to Boston, but they weren't prepared for Larry Bird, whose magnificent performance in Game 6 (29 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists) helped the C's earn a 114-97 win and clinch their 16th NBA championship.

Our re-broadcast of Celtics-Rockets airs Friday at 7 p.m. ET, and if watching Bird at the height of his powers wasn't entertaining enough, former Celtics center Bill Walton will join Brian Scalabrine throughout the night to provide color commentary.

Here's when and how to watch:

When: Friday, April 1, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and in the MyTeams app

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Classic Celtics: Kemba Walker helps C's mount huge comeback vs. Bucks

Classic Celtics: Kemba Walker helps C's mount huge comeback vs. Bucks

Here's how much time flies: It was only about five months ago that Boston Celtics fans were really introduced to Kemba Walker.

NBC Sports Boston's "Classic Celtics" series (which featured Boston's 1986 playoff thriller against Michael Jordan's Bulls on Sunday) rolls on Wednesday with Walker's fourth game as a Celtic -- and it was an awesome one.

That Oct. 30, 2019, contest against the Bucks saw Walker drop 32 points in his second game at TD Garden, helping the Celtics storm back from a 19-point deficit to win 116-105 and hand Milwaukee one of its 12 losses on the season.

Our re-broadcast of Celtics-Bucks begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, and Walker will join Brian Scalabrine at points throughout the game to reminisce about his epic performance.

Other reasons to watch:

- Walker scoring 13 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter as Boston rallied late to stun the Bucks.

- Jayson Tatum hitting a clutch 3-pointer late in the game -- and earning a high five from C's legend Paul Pierce on the sideline.

- Giannis Antetokounmpo racking up 22 points and 14 rebounds, but Boston admirably holding the Bucks star in check during the second half.

The action all starts at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston. You can also watch the game in the MyTeams app and online at NBCSportsBoston.com.

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