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Horford, Irving, Hayward land in Top 25 of SI list

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Horford, Irving, Hayward land in Top 25 of SI list

In the summer of 2017, Danny Ainge shook up the basketball world by trading Isaiah Thomas for Kyrie Irving and signing Gordon Hayward. The idea was to combine Irving, Hayward, and Al Horford to form one of the most talented trios in the NBA. It's a year later than planned, but all three All-Stars are healthy and ready to wreak havoc on the Eastern Conference.

Just how formidable are these Celtics? Irving, Hayward, and Horford all crack the Top 25. Coming off a devastating leg injury, SI ranks Hayward "conservatively" at 25. Irving and Horford appear back-to-back at Nos. 17 and 16 respectively. 

Expectations were high for the Celtics last season . . . for about five minutes. Hayward's gruesome injury early in the first game of the regular season makes it feel like he hasn't been on the court in forever. But in 2016-17, Hayward's steady improvement culminated in the first All-Star selection in his seven professional seasons. The versatile wing scored nearly 22 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He can spread the floor on offense and defends with purpose. As Rob Mahoney of SI says "There isn't an offense Hayward can't better or a defense he can't execute."

Until late into last season, Kyrie Irving was in serious MVP conversations. That is until a nagging knee injury ended his regular season and overdue surgery ended his postseason. Irving fit well into coach Brad Steven's offense, picking his spots to show off his silky isolation game. Uncle Drew posted very nice numbers - 24.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 5.1 APG while, as SI points out, "flirting with the first 50/40/90 season of his career." SI's Ben Golliver writes that health is the only thing "separating him from an annual spot on the All-NBA teams and a consensus 'Top 10' reputation."

Al Horford is the ultimate glue guy. His stats may not jump off the page (12.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 4.7 APG), but Mahoney says his impact is "only a few degrees removed from Draymond Green." He anchored one of the league's best defenses all season long and displayed incredible individual defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo in the postseason. Horford is the least flashy of Boston's six Top 100 players (Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are already ranked in the Top 50, and Terry Rozier also made the list), but SI calls him the Celtic's "most valuable."

Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: July 18, 2019: Chris Sale gets his first win at Fenway in 2019

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: July 18, 2019: Chris Sale gets his first win at Fenway in 2019

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01:33: After revealing that he had a, “pretty good idea,” that Kyrie would be leaving in March or April, Danny Ainge clarified his comments to say it was always a possibility Kyrie would stay. A. Sherrod Blakely, Trenni Kusnierek, and Kyle Draper discuss his clarification and predict who the new leader in the C’s locker room will be.

07:11: After Enes Kanter showed off his personality during Celtics introduction, we wonder what will he be bringing to Boston not only on the court but off the court as well.

12:30: Finally, Lou Merloni joins Tom Giles and Michael Holley to discuss Chris Sale’s comeback at Fenway- getting his first win at home in 2019.

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Report: Celtics sign guard Max Strus to two-way contract

Report: Celtics sign guard Max Strus to two-way contract

After signing Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed deal on Thursday, the Celtics reportedly made another move.

Boston signed guard Max Strus to a two-way contract, per Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports.

Strus averaged 9.7 points in Celtics Summer League and shot 45 percent from beyond the arc. He averaged 20.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season with DePaul.

C's fans will have their fingers crossed that Tacko Fall will be the next to sign a new contract. According to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, they're trying to get a deal done with the 7-foot-7 phenom.

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