Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward give Celtics healthy lineup, chance at NBA Finals berth

Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward give Celtics healthy lineup, chance at NBA Finals berth

Point Guards The Knicks Can Potentially Target In Free Agency Next Summer

The Bruins soundly defeated the Oilers at TD Garden on Thursday night, 4-1. The Red Sox prepare for Game 1 of the ALCS at Fenway Park on Saturday, while the Patriots continue to get ready for the Chiefs on Sunday night.

Jayson Tatums joke with Kyrie Irving about not going No. 1 overall: In 2017, Celtics  president of basketball operations Danny Ainge executed a rarely seen maneuver in the NBA. He traded the coveted first overall pick in the draft after the leagues lottery, opting to select third instead (and collect an additional asset from the 76ers in the trade).

Morning sports update: Jayson Tatum joked about not being picked No. 1 in the draft

Ainge has insisted since then that Tatum wouldve been the Celtics pick at No. 1 had the trade not happened. Yet one of the NBAs top rookies from a season ago was nonetheless not a first overall pick, a fact that Kyrie Irving (jokingly) referenced on Thursday according to Celtics reporter Chris Forsberg.

Boston Celtics News: Jayson Tatum Has Beef with GM Danny Ainge, Kyrie Irving Surprised Him & More

Jayson Tatum ribbing Kyrie Irving about only playing 11 games at Duke. Kyrie fires back that he was No. 1 pick.

Bill Belichick breaks down the Chiefs defense, Mahomes and Hill on the Belestrator.

David Pastrnak is next for the Bruins: With established stars like Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron, Bruins fans wonder who might take over for them in the future. Yet with the emergence of David Pastrnak, it seems apparent where the answer lies. [Boston Globe]

How did the Bruins stop Connor McDavid? The Bruins were able to get a convincing 4-1 win over the Oilers, thanks in large part to an effective game plan against superstar Connor McDavid. Instead of an old school one-on-one shadow strategy, the Bruins employed a modern approach that essentially amounted to a five-man shadow. [The Athletic]

Julian Edelmans approach during his suspension: The Patriots wide receiver missed four games due to suspension, but appears to have come back in good form. Edelmans routine during his suspension included training at various fields around Boston with Rob Ninkovich, and working out at the Celtics facility (along with pingpong games against Gordon Hayward). ESPNs Mike Reiss explored the full story.

Daily highlight: David Pastrnak scored a sensational goal utilizing a quadruple deke Gordon Bombay could only dream about:

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 18: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics reacts to a call during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden on January 18, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

At the annual Boston Celtics Shamrock Gala Event, which raises money for local children’s charities, Jayson Tatum shared some big news–he’s still got beef with Celtics GM Danny Ainge for trading down from the No.1 spot in last year’s draft to select Tatum No. 3 and gain a future first round draft pick in the process.

Tatum, of course, would have preferred to have gone No. 1 overall for bragging rights, according to NBC Sports Boston.

Irving had been asked about playing at Duke when Tatum playfully interrupted to note, “[Irving] only played seven games in college.”

Irving laughed then noted it was actually 11 games. Added Irving, “It takes others 30 games, or 60 games [to get drafted]. It takes some people 11. … Eleven games to get drafted. No. 1, baby.”

As laughter died down, Tatum deadpanned, “It’s Danny’s fault I didn’t go No. 1,” which only drew more laughter from those on stage and in the crowd.

All jokes aside, Tatum is probably beyond happy that he fell into the situation that he did in the draft. Not only did Tatum get drafted into a winning culture set up for years of future success, but he also was thrust into a starring role due to Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward‘s season-ending injuries. Tatum now looks like a budding superstar, and Ainge can potentially pick in the lottery again next season with the Sacramento Kings pick he picked up.

No word yet on whether one of the local charities at the Gala was set up to raise money for Tatum, money that was left on the table due to Ainge’s dirty move to trade down for Tatum.

Former Hardwood Houdini contributor Joe DeFerrari breaks down how Williams III can make an impact this season on a loaded Celtics front court.

Jayson Tatum: The key to Boston’s 2018-19 NBA championship pursuit [Trevor Barber — Hoops Habit]

Barber details how Tatum will have to adapt to a different role now that Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving have returned. How he handles the new role will determine the Celtics success, the author argues.

Celtics raise over $1 million for local children’s charity at annual Shamrock Gala Event [Chris Grenham — Celtics Blog]

The Celtics raised a ton of money for charity (someone bid $25K to play Gordon Hayward in Fortnite) and coach Brad Stevens and owner Wyc Grousbec answered questions about a possible Terry Rozier contract extension. Win-win.

Kyrie Irving’s announcement was a surprise to Celtics GM Danny Ainge [Calli Remillard —]

Most bets placed on Lakers, Celtics to win NBA title, sports books say [Gabrielle McMillen — Sporting News]

Right now, the Celtics are at 5-1 odds to win the title, while the Lakers are 12-1. No idea why anyone would bet on Los Angeles, even with those odds. There is a zero percent chance the Lakers win a championship this season–that’s just throwing money down the toilet. They’ll be happy just to make the playoffs.

Larry Bird lookalike: Boston Celtics legend is model for Oklahoma F Brady Manek’s appearance, game [Matt Vautor — MassLive]

Maine Red Claws Trade Anthony Bennett for former Golden State Warriors player [Quenton Albertie — Celtics Wire]

Be sure to place your bets on Boston to win the championship (WARNING: Prediction results may vary) and check back for more Celtics news and rumors.

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