"At this time previous year", he said, "I couldn't have said that we were going to have 11 new players off the team that just won 52 games and won a playoff round (actually two), but you just don't know what opportunities present themselves". "We're not just going to start and be in this position".
"I still remember very clearly why we were so excited to get Kyrie", Ainge said. "We had something special this year, so when it ends like it did yesterday everybody took it pretty hard".
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Irving was recovering from nasal surgery. But Ainge said he isn't concerned about members of his projected starting lineup -- Irving, Jaylen Brown, Tatum, Hayward and Al Horford -- becoming marginalized. Boston's all I know. "We think that he'll be playing basketball in the next couple months".
Chances to play for a championship don't come around often for most teams in this league. The better your team becomes, the more sacrifices guys have to make.
Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan that he wanted to attend the game but couldn't fly because of the surgery. The injury occurred in November when he was hit in the face by teammate Aron Baynes. Irving had a clean up surgery from his facial fracture earlier in the season that required him to wear a mask.
"I don't like to make excuses", said Smart, who underwent surgery in March for a torn ligament in his right thumb and returned after just six weeks, "but my thumb is killing me".