"The farther you go in the playoffs, the more hard it is to lose", Ainge said.
"At this time past 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. That's going to eat at all of us for a while".
"Anything can happen. but uh, I got to take Golden State", Tatum says.
"We got to be ready to come up with our nose bloodied".
But that performance didn't stop him from telling ESPN's Jackie MacMullan that he was worth more than $14 million annually in restricted free agency this summer. And with the two injured All-Stars returning, this summer doesn't have to be like last summer. Boston's all I know. "I think Gordon is in a better place right now than he was a couple of weeks ago after having this surgery". "A lot of players talk about [their worth] and they're free to say whatever they want in those regards and talk about their value publicly".
The Celtics were then pitted against 2015 champion and 2016 finalist Cavaliers, with many a former player and expert predicting an easy win for James' team.
The Boston Celtics guard went 1-of-10 from the field, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range in an elimination game.
"It doesn't bother me at all", Ainge said.
There must be something going around Boston because Irving's teammate Aron Baynes is also dealing with a nose injury.
"Kyrie had a deviated septum, had some surgery on that, and so I don't think he wanted to be seen", Ainge told ESPN.
Ainge added that Kyrie Irving, who is recovering from knee surgery, may be ready for scrimmaging at a point earlier than Hayward.