Kyrie Irving did not attend Game 7 due to deviated septum surgery

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He had been at a lot of the Celtics' previous 18 playoff games.

James performed heroically once again, but the real kick in the gut for Boston was the starters not named LeBron, as they combined for 47 points, while the Celtics shot just 34.1 percent from the field.

"It was a very disappointing loss", Ainge said.

There was a faint hope that the small forward would return depending on how far Boston went into the playoffs but there was never a realistic chance of him stepping back on the court and being rushed back.

"I need one guy from Cleveland to step up and have a nice game: J.R. [Smith]".

Smart is the type of player that you hate to play against, but love when he's on your team. The screws had to be removed when tests revealed they were infected with bacteria. "We're not looking to make changes, other than a handful of tweaks". Celtics' GM Danny Ainge revealed where his point guard was earlier this afternoon.

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"I get a kick out of the fact that everywhere I go, people don't think we need Kyrie or need Gordon Hayward", he said. "He's on the court now, finally doing a little bit of competition, like just one-on-one". Having him sit on the bench to calm Terry's nerves, I don't know. However, Brad Stevens' team nearly pulled off the unexpected but fell in Game 7.

The Celts defied the odds as they still came within a win of the NBA Finals despite missing their two best offensive players.

Irving has not played since March 11 and did not participate in the Celtics run to the Eastern Conference finals due to a knee injury.

You can listen to his full interview here. "We really needed some more bodies".

In an ideal world, Marcus Smart expects a small scale version of Isaiah Thomas' mythical Brinks truck to arrive when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer.

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