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Isaiah Thomas describes funny exchange with former Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown

Isaiah Thomas describes funny exchange with former Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown

When Isaiah Thomas isn't jabbing Jaylen Brown about cutting his hair, it appears one of the topics discussed between the former Boston Celtics teammates is if the young forward is capable of defending the veteran guard.

Thomas, who returned to TD Garden as a member of the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, caught up with a bunch of his former Celtics teammates, including Brown, Marcus Smart and others before tip-off. It was Thomas' first game action against Boston since the team traded him in 2017 to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the Kyrie Irving deal. 

After the Nuggets' win, the 5-foot-9 guard shared some of an exchange he had with Brown:

Would you expect Thomas to say anything different? His incredible confidence in himself is one of the reasons why he overcame the odds and turned into a really good NBA player. 

Injuries have slowed him over the last two seasons, though, and he was removed from the Nuggets' rotation last week, but Thomas remains confident that a return to All-Star form is possible.

"I just want a legit opportunity," Thomas told reporters before Monday's game. "Whatever the role may be, it's gonna be. I know I can play at a high level again. Given the opportunity, I can be an All-Star, I can be all-NBA, I can be all that because physically I feel great. But it's all about the opportunity. If I get an opportunity, I'm going to be ready for it and take full advantage of it. When this summer comes, I'll figure out what's the best opportunity and situation for myself and my family and then go from there."

Thomas will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and if he can impress in the limited role he's expected to play for the remainder of 2018-19, it's certainly possible a number of teams could have interest in signing him over the summer.

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Celtics vs. Bucks schedule: Dates for each game of the second-round series

Celtics vs. Bucks schedule: Dates for each game of the second-round series

Brad Stevens need wait no longer.

The NBA on Wednesday finally announced the game dates for the Boston Celtics' second-round NBA playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks, with Game 1 set for Sunday.

That's a relief for Stevens, whose No. 4 seed Celtics have been off since dispatching the No. 5 Indiana Pacers last Sunday but hadn't yet known their schedule.

The C's should face a much tougher challenge in the No. 1 seed Bucks, who decisively swept the Detroit Pistons in Round 1 and posted the best record in the NBA this season behind MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Here's the full schedule for Celtics vs. Bucks, with exact game times to be revealed in the coming days (all times Eastern):

Game 1: Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m. @ Milwaukee
Game 2: Tuesday, April 30, TBD @ Milwaukee
Game 3: Friday, May 3, TBD @ Boston
Game 4: Monday, May 6, TBD @ Boston
Game 5:* Wednesday, May 8, TBD @ Milwaukee
Game 6:* Friday, May 10, TBD @ Boston
Game 7*: Monday, May 13, TBD @ Milwaukee

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Has 'Playoff Kyrie' actually arrived? Chris Broussard talks Celtics-Bucks and upcoming offseason

Celtics Talk Podcast: Has 'Playoff Kyrie' actually arrived? Chris Broussard talks Celtics-Bucks and upcoming offseason

Chris Broussard of FOX Sports joins Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg to talk Celtics-Bucks after our C's trio recaps the Pacers series and looks ahead to Milwaukee.

1:42 - Kyle Draper, A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg give their takes on the Celtics' performance in their four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers. Has this team reached it's full potential yet and what does that mean for their upcoming series vs. the Milwaukee Bucks?

4:03 - It seemed like for the final quarter of the season Kyrie Irving had mentally moved onto the playoffs. Now that the Celtics are there, has Kyrie backed up that mentality or does he need to bring it to another level vs. the Bucks?

7:41 - The guys talk about who impressed in the first round other than Kyrie and look ahead to the possible return of Marcus Smart.

13:07 - The Celtics will have to deal with Giannis Antetokounmpo and figure out a way to shut him down if they want to move on. Chris explains why he thinks it's up to Al Horford and Semi Ojeleye to get that done.

17:55 - Chris Broussard from FOX Sports joins the conversation to give his prediction of the series -- it's not exactly pro-Celtics.

23:17 - Moving onto the upcoming offseason, Chris Broussard discusses why Kyrie's performance in the upcoming series dictates what he will do in free agency this summer.

26:54 - Broussard talks about the potential of Anthony Davis coming to Boston, how much Kyrie staying would influence that and how involved executive vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans David Griffin will be in the situation.

32:49 - Finally, Chris Broussard gives his takes on where some key players might land this offseason including Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and more.

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