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Gordon Hayward knows Kawhi to the Raptors means a tough East

Gordon Hayward knows Kawhi to the Raptors means a tough East

Gordon Hayward talks to A, Sherrod Blakely about Kawhi Leonard joining the Toronto Raptors and how it shakes up the Eastern Conference.

How to watch or stream the Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors game

How to watch or stream the Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors game

The Celtics host the team they need to catch for supremacy in the NBA's Eastern Conference, the first-place Toronto Raptors (12-3), tonight at TD Garden, part of potential revenge tour of teams that have beaten them in the young NBA season.  

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ANALYSIS AND REACTION

BEFORE THE GAME: At 6:30 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with hosts Kyle Draper, and Brian Scalabrine, with Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn, Abby Chin courtside at the Garden. Along with coverage from NBC Sports Boston Celtics Insiders A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the livestream

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch Draper and Mannix break down the first two quarters on Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket. Watch on NBC Sports Boston  or click here for the livestream.

AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford for analysis, commentary and player reaction. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the livestream. t

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FAVORED GREEN

The Celtics are slight favorites tonight, according to OddsShark.

BEST AND WORST

Chris Forsberg ranks the top five and the bottom five across the league. The Celtics didn't make either list.

STARTING SOMETHING? 

A. Sherrod Blakely on why Gordon Hayward should remain a starter.

 

GOING TO THE VET?

Kyrie Irving downplayed his comments about the need for a veteran in the locker room. And Danny Ainge didn't know quite what Irving had been getting at

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Here's what bothers Billy King most about fateful Celtics-Nets trade

Here's what bothers Billy King most about fateful Celtics-Nets trade

Everyone has regrets in life. Billy King's just happened to alter the trajectory of two NBA franchises.

King was the Brooklyn Nets general manager who pulled the trigger on one of those most lopsided trades in league history. On the night of the 2013 NBA Draft, King's Nets sent Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans and Kris Joseph along with their first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and the right to swap first-rounders in 2017 to the Boston Celtics, who in return gave Brooklyn the aging trio Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry.

The rest is history: Garnett and Pierce were out of Brooklyn by February 2015, while Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge used the Nets' treasure chest of draft assets to land Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum (among others) and swing a trade for Kyrie Irving.

King spoke recently with Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated's "The Crossover" and (shocker) admitted he'd like a do-over on the trade. But specificially, there's one part of the deal that bothered him the most: the timing.

"I should have said, ‘Give me a day to think about it, let’s talk in the morning,” King told Mannix. “I should have regrouped everyone, and gone through it again. I should have told Danny, ‘Give me a day.’ I probably would have revamped it.

"I should have said, ‘Look, Danny, everything looks good. Let’s finish the draft and let’s talk in the morning.’ That’s one thing I would have done differently, for sure."

King said he agreed to the trade early on draft night and spent the rest of the evening convincing Garnett to play in Brooklyn. What the ex-GM wishes he would have done, though, was renegotiate the number of draft picks the Nets would give up or ask to remove the pick swap.

"I go back and forth all the time," King told Mannix.

King took full ownership of the disastrous trade, but did admit he faced some pressure from then-Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov to make a blockbuster deal. He even insisted he wouldn't have made the trade if he was GM of another team.

If that's the case, the Celtics should be forever grateful the Nets hired King way back in 2010 to set up a trade gift that kept on giving for five years straight.

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