Kyrie Irving's Game 7 absence explained after Mark Jackson criticism

Tyler Owen
June 4, 2018

Hayward broke his leg in the first quarter of the season opener and missed the rest of the 2017-18 season.

Like many Celtics, Marcus Smart struggled in yesterday's Game 7 Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Cavs. The Cleveland Cavaliers bested the C's 87-79 in an ugly offensive game where the Celtics shot an abysmal 7-39 from three, and 34 percent from the field. To make it that far in a star-driven league without your two biggest stars is just about unheard of. "Gordon is progressing well", Ainge said. "I know it creates headlines and talk radio buzz, but from my standpoint, I'm not anxious".

The guard reportedly told ESPN that he is "worth more than $12-$14 million".

"He provides a lot of energy for our team and I hope we can work something out going forward". "We can't think about 'what could have been.' But when Kyrie is on our team, we're at another level".

The rookie averaged 13.9 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game through the grueling 82-game regular season. The better your team becomes, the more sacrifices guys have to make. "And there's no guarantee that those deals are there", Ainge said.

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Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, told ESPN that Irving couldn't fly because of the surgery, but did want to attend the game. He had a deviated septum.

Irving's struggles happened just prior to the playoffs while Hayward's absence has been notable since the beginning of the campaign.

There must be something going around Boston because Irving's teammate Aron Baynes is also dealing with a nose injury. Irving wore a mask while healing from the facial fracture.

The Boston Celtics' recent playoff run certainly was a fascinating one, but with that came a trip to fantasyland for a pocket of fans.

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