“I don’t want to hype it up too much, but I’m saying that if our training camp were starting today that they would be here today going full speed,” Ainge said, according to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “It’s not like they need an extra month. I think that they know they have an extra month, so they are sort of pacing themselves. They’re playing as if to build up to that opening day of training camp (September 26).”
Hayward only played five minutes in his first season with the team before breaking his ankle during their opening night game, forcing him to miss the entire regular season and playoffs as he recovered.
Irving eventually underwent season-ending surgery in April after dealing with lingering issues in his left knee all season.
“They’ll both be here within the next week or so; by the time Labor Day is over, they will all be playing 5-on-5,” Ainge said.. “I think it’s just a matter of, if they’re not playing 5-on-5 now, then it’s only because they want it more of a controlled environment, I guess. They’re doing everything — dunking the basketball off both legs and playing one-on-one live and jumping and cutting and defending. I’m excited for them.”
Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Credits Team Meeting for Spark
The loss to Milwaukee back on December 21st was the Celtics’ 3rd in a row and dropped their record to 18-13 on the season.
“We could pinpoint a lot of turning points,” Irving said, according to Jay King of The Athletic.
“We just want to build that chemistry first. Just getting with one another (after the Bucks loss), really put everything out there and then move on from that point. At that point, playing against Milwaukee, we weren’t at rock bottom, but we needed to address some shit in this locker room. It’s just good to get stuff out in the air.”
Irving believes in this team’s chances this season, despite the early struggles.
“We’re not on a good team, we’re on a great one,” Irving said. “We have the talent to be great.”
Celtics’ Aron Baynes Out 4-6 Weeks After Surgery
Baynes broke his hand during the Celtics’ recent loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Baynes has posted 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for Boston this season.
Celtics Targeting Pelicans’ Anthony Davis
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics have had an interest in Davis for a long time:
“Boston has been hawking Anthony Davis for years. They always hoped that it would be—whether it’s the end of this season or the beginning of next before the trade deadline—that they would gather up all those assets, all those picks Danny Ainge has, young players, and they’d be the team to be able to get Anthony Davis.”
“But now you have L.A., and if they get shut out in free agency, they’re going to have to take all their young players to try to use them to get Anthony Davis.”
Davis is averaging 28 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.8 blocks per game for the Pelicans this season.
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