Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving missed Game 7 due to septum surgery

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving missed Game 7 due to septum surgery

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving missed Game 7 due to septum surgery

Smart told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan after Sunday night's loss that he believes he's worth more than $12 million to $14 million per season, based on how he impacts games in ways that go beyond the box score. He underwent knee surgery two weeks later and needed a second procedure in early April, which caused him to miss the entire postseason.

Jackson, who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association before coaching the Golden State Warriors for three seasons, called Irving out for not sitting on his team's bench during Game 7 of the conference finals against the Cavaliers.

So it's likely that Hayward's return to game action for the Celtics won't come until the preseason in September.

One day after the Boston Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs, general manager Danny Ainge made it clear not to expect the fireworks he's promised in years past.

Ainge said the team is willing to pay the luxury tax if that's what it takes to build a contender. And he'll progress along that line slowly. I am originally from Mansfield Connecticut right next to Uconn and the basketball capitol of the world, I am an avid basketball fan, I still play the game, I officiate high school basketball and still watch basketball nearly everyday.

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Both Ainge and numerous Celtics players admitted it had to be hard for Irving and Hayward to watch Boston's playoff run without being able to help.

And that's not really in Ainge's nature. "At this time past year, I didn't think we would have 11 new players". It hurts to not be able to play, especially when a team's doing so well.

Add on Daniel Theis, who would easily be the best third player off the bench in the entire National Basketball Association, and the Celtics have an eight man rotation that might give them the best top to bottom talent in the entire National Basketball Association. "I'm really excited about their motivation". I've been here for four years.

Ainge scoffed when told how some fans have wondered whether the Celtics should move one of their All-Stars after all the success they enjoyed without them. I have a much stronger memory and remember how great those guys were and what an effort it took us to get them.

"Danny emphasizes all the time how much he loves me as a player and emphasized how much they want me here".

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