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CSN to televise Celtics Summer league games

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CSN to televise Celtics Summer league games

BURLINGTON, MA, July 2, 2015 Comcast SportsNet announced today that the network will televise three of the Celtics NBA Summer League games in July -- two from Utah and one from Las Vegas -- providing Celtics fans a “first look” at the newest Celtics Draft picks Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey and Marcus Thornton as they make their debut in professional basketball.

The first game as part of Comcast SportsNet’s NBA Summer League coverage will take place on Monday, July 6th at 9PM as the Celtics take on the UtahJazz in Utah. The Celtics newest draft picks – Rozier, Hunter, Mickey and Thornton -- will join 2014 First Round Draft picks and current Celtics Marcus Smart and James Young as they take to the pro court and prepare for the upcoming NBA season.

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of Celtics Summer League games will be available on a “TV Everywhere” basis to authenticated Comcast SportsNet subscribers of participating distributors.  The live stream will be available on CSNNE.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets and mobile devices. This ‘TV Everywhere’ service not only allows authenticated Comcast SportsNet subscribers to watch the games within the Celtics territory but also when those subscribers are traveling within the U.S.

Following are the NBA Summer League games available LIVE on Comcast SportsNet and online:

LIVE: Monday, July 6 at 9PM Celtics vs. Utah (in Utah)
Replay: Saturday, July 25th at Noon

LIVE: Thursday, July 9 at 7PM Celtics vs. San Antonio (in Utah)
Replay: Saturday, July 25th at 2PM

LIVE: Thursday, July 14 at 7PM Celtics vs. Miami (in Las Vegas)
Replay: Saturday, July 25th at 4PM

CSNNE.com will bring viewers all the Celtics news and updates from CSNNE.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely who will be on-site to providegameday video reports and written online articles with updates on all the action. Also, in addition to the Summer League games, Comcast SportsNet will continue to provide viewers with Celtics off-season news and updates in all daily shows including Arbella Early Edition, Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, Sports Sunday and Felger & Mazz. Comcast SportsNet will also provide real-timeupdates through all Social Media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

Summer League games on Comcast SportsNet are presented by Nissan and Infiniti.

Gordon Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas

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Gordon Hayward opens up about disappointment of losing Isaiah Thomas

Gordon Hayward wanted to go to Boston to play with Isaiah Thomas.

Of course, that's not going to happen. The Celtics traded Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a package for Kyrie Irving. Hayward explained what it was like for him to learn he and Thomas would not get the chance to hit the court together in Celtics' green.

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"My first reaction was to text I.T., and wish him the best," Hayward wrote in a blog post which he published Thursday. "That was a really strange moment because I’d really been looking forward to playing with him. He didn’t just help recruit me to Boston—he was a big piece of that recruitment. He had talked a lot about city and how it was different to be a Celtic. He talked about the intensity of playing in the Eastern Conference Finals, playing at the Garden in the playoffs, and how much fun it was, and how much fun he had playing in Boston.

"All of that ultimately helped win me over. And by the time of the trade, I had already started to build a little bit of a relationship with him.

"But that is just how the business works. I have spent enough years in the NBA to realize that things can change like that, in an instant. Still, even though we didn’t necessarily get to be teammates, I’m definitely going to be watching him as a fan. In this league, I think we are all rooting for each other in some way or another—just to try to stay healthy, to try to be the best we can be."

Hayward may be genuine about rooting for Thomas -- except perhaps when he faces off against the Cavaliers in the season-opener on Oct. 17 at Quicken Loans Arena. Thomas is uncertain to play due to a hip injury. But the two teams are expected to see each other in the Eastern Conference Finals again after the 2017-18 season. This preview will be an opportunity for Thomas and Irving to get their first shot at revenge against their previous team.

The trade wasn't all bad for Hayward, he explained. He was pleased at the prospect of playing with Irving. Hayward cited Irving's abilities in 1-on-1 situations and clutch moments. He appreciated Irving's scoring ability, because Hayward knows the point guard will open up space for Hayward to knock down open shots. Above all, Hayward seemed to value Irving's unique experience.

"And then getting a chance to play with LeBron James, and going to the Finals three straight years—those are experiences that are invaluable and that you really can’t teach," Hayward wrote. "Having that experience of playing in those big moments, dealing with the circus of the media, dealing with expectations, those are all things that I think he can help us with. Because most of us, myself especially, have never been through that."

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