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Celtics: Gordon Hayward undergoes surgery

Celtics: Gordon Hayward undergoes surgery

However, with both of them injured, the Celtics were expected to fall at the first hurdle against the Milwaukee Bucks, but they progressed to the semi-finals with a 4-3 win and came against the much fancied Philadelphia 76ers, but they made light work of them taking the best of seven series 4-1.

But based on his exit interview Monday with Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens, Smart said he feels good about his future as a Celtic.

In addition to the difficulty of predicting when we should expect to see the 2017 NBA All-Star ready to compete at a high level, there's the uncertainty of foreseeing when Gordon will be mentally prepared to confidently push his body like he did prior to the injury.

And even for a team that has reached the conference finals the last two years, training camp could be downright transformative.

Rozier admitted that the charge he got out of starting was special, and upon returning to the bench, the gradual inconsistency that crept back into his game showed the importance that starting has in his mindset.

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Irving - who was ruled out for the remainder of the season after requiring a second knee surgery in April - sat courtside for a number of throughout the Celtics' playoff run and was often spotted smiling with his teammates. He had been at a lot of the Celtics' previous 18 playoff games.

Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan that the point guard wanted to attend the game but couldn't fly because of the surgery.

"It's just part of the game".

"When you play for the Boston Celtics, you're always thinking about winning a championship", Horford said. "Those guys, I tip my hat to those guys". I don't think any of us can really understand. "But I'm going to challenge him every day". But I don't care. I'll never go out and go try to step on no one's toes.

But he anticipated that change. The Celtics do not want to take away from their active core, but he could still make something of that pick. I've been here for four years. Boston's all I know. "There's going to be some factors and I need to talk to her, my family, and things like that". He's the starter. He's our starter. He's our starting point guard. "If you don't have fun with this, why are you doing it?"