Celtics old Finals wounds still fresh during preseason

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Celtics old Finals wounds still fresh during preseason

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- When Doc Rivers arrived to coach his first preseason game at TD Garden on Sunday, old feelings accompanied him there.

Theyre the kind that dont go away just because last season ended four months ago. Thats because instead of returning to the Garden as defending NBA champions, the Celtics are looking to avenge last seasons Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Its painful every day, honestly, Rivers said before the Celtics took on the Toronto Raptors. I dont think thatll go away.

Rivers has found it nearly impossible to avoid mention of the Lakers victory.

They show the video all the time, you can get a Sports Illustrated subscription, he pointed out. It drives me nuts, it honestly does. So many times I walk away from the TV, even Sports Illustrated at times. But I dont think thatll ever go away. Dont think it should.

Even though the wound is still open, Rivers believes it is important for his team to be reminded of the heartbreaking loss.

We showed our team a little clip of it, of the celebration at least, on opening day at training camp and I was amazed at how raw that still was with the players, he said. I underestimated that, and so that was, in a way, good. Thatll stick with you forever.

Rivers thinks about last seasons Game 7 loss more often than their Game 6 triumph in 2008. He says he knows he should focus on the positive -- Larry Brown talked to him about that this summer -- but believes he and his players arent built that way.

You do think about Game 7, over and over again, he said. Im sure thatll last for a long time.

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Ainge on no trades at deadline: ‘Wasn’t for lack of trying’

Ainge on no trades at deadline: ‘Wasn’t for lack of trying’

For the second straight season the trade deadline came and went with no moves from the Boston Celtics.

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge continues to look at the big picture as his team moves forward with their roster intact.

“It wasn’t for lack of trying, last year and this year,” said Ainge. “We came away with Al Horford in the summer. We drafted Jaylen Brown, Jaylen just continually getting better. I’m very excited about the future of both those guys. We were also able to get Ante Zizic, who is having a terrific year over in Turkey. I think that our future is looking good.

“We hope to have another good summer this year, whether we use the draft pick, whether we trade the draft pick. I think we can’t go wrong, as long as we don’t screw it up and pay too much for certain assets.”

Ainge: Adding players 'sometimes messes up your chemistry’

Ainge: Adding players 'sometimes messes up your chemistry’

With the NBA trade deadline in the rear view mirror, the Celtics will have to turn to the buyout market if they are looking to make changes to their roster.

Talking to CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely, Danny Ainge explained why signing players who have  been bought out can be a risky move for a team like the Celtics.

“We’ll weigh each guy that comes on the market and see if that can be a boost to our team,” explained Ainge. “At the same time, I like our team. Bringing in new players sometimes messes up your whole chemistry, and it shifts somebody into a different role that they’re not accustomed to doing. You better know what you’re getting.

“We brought in Michael Finley, Sam Cassell. . . PJ Brown turned out to be a very good asset to us. Most of the time it sort of disrupts things. At the end of the year you go, ‘wow, we probably shouldn’t have done that.’ Even though on paper it looked like a great acquisition, it wasn’t as good as everyone thought it would be.”