He was sharp off the ben

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He was sharp off the ben

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Danny Ainge tore apart the team that made the Eastern Conference finals last year Paul Worrilow Jersey Elite , and then put together a new roster that came one victory from playing for an NBA title.

This summer may present him with an even bigger challenge: standing pat.

With Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving coming back from injuries to join fellow All-Star Al Horford and young stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Boston Celtics general manager doesn’t really need to do much to give the NBA’s most-decorated franchise a chance at its 18th title.

And that’s not really in Ainge’s nature.

”I like this group of guys,” he said Monday, a day after the Celtics lost Game 7 of the conference finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers. ”We’re not looking to make changes, other than a handful of tweaks.”

But he also said: ”You never know what opportunities will present themselves.”

The Celtics finished with the No. 1 seed in the East in 2017, but the five-game loss to the Cavaliers in the conference finals reinforced what Ainge already suspected: that that team was not going to take the next step.

He went after Hayward (and, unsuccessfully, Kevin Durant), then won the draft lottery.

It still wasn’t enough.

When Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him, Ainge pounced, giving up fan favorite Isaiah Thomas in a package that left Boston with 11 new players. (He also wheeled the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia for a future No. 1 and the right to draft Tatum – the player he says he really wanted.)

Despite losing Hayward in the first quarter of the season opener Authentic Taven Bryan Jersey , and Irving in March, the Celtics had home-court advantage for Game 7 and led the Cavaliers with six minutes left in the fourth quarter. But with the Celtics shooters turning ice cold, LeBron James proved to be too much, amassing 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while playing every second of the game.

”The farther you go in the playoffs, the more difficult it is to lose,” Ainge said. ”It was one of those games we lost that we should have won. That’s going to eat at all of us for a while.”

But the team’s performance in the playoffs also gave the Celtics reason to believe that this team may be good enough to contend for the title. And with the two injured All-Stars returning, this summer doesn’t have to be like last summer.

”Last year, we didn’t know all that stuff was going to happen, but we do feel we have a bright future with this team,” Horford said. ”It’s something we’re all looking forward to. We can’t think about `what could have been.’ But when Kyrie is on our team Bob Feller Jersey , we’re at another level.”

The biggest issue for the Celtics this year is holding onto guard Marcus Smart, who is a restricted free agent and expected to draw offers of $12 million to $14 million. Ainge said the team is willing to pay the luxury tax if that’s what it takes to build a contender.

And Smart said he wants to stay.

”They’re already planning for me to be here,” he said at the team’s practice facility after exit interviews. ”I want to be in Boston. I’ve been here for four years. My heart’s here.”

Center Aron Baynes is an unrestricted free agent, as are Greg Monroe and Shane Larkin.

”I hope we have something special with this group,” said Brown, who in his second year averaged 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. ”But in this league, you never know.”

And with Ainge calling the shots, it’s almost impossible to predict the future.

”We’re not going to do something unless it makes us better. And there’s no guarantee that those deals are there,” Ainge said. ”At this time last year, I didn’t think we would have 11 new players.”

鈥?Before they tackle rest vs. rust, the Philadelphia Eagles have to approach rest vs. reps.With the NFC’s No. 1 seed secured Cheap Customized Los Angeles Rams Jerseys , the Eagles (13-2) have nothing to gain against the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) on Sunday other than playing for a franchise-record 14th win.But coach Doug Pederson can’t really rest all his starters because there aren’t enough players on the rosters.Banged-up veterans such as defensive end Brandon Graham and left guard Stefen Wisniewski will get extra time off before the Eagles host a playoff game on Jan. 13 or 14. Several others have to play some.“You’re only limited to 46 (players), and you can only put seven guys down,” Pederson said Tuesday. “If you do the math, some of your starters are going to have to play.”Starting quarterback Nick Foles sure seemed as if he needs more time working with the receivers following a shaky performance in a 19-10 win over Oakland on Christmas night.Foles has only played nine quarters since Carson Wentz tore his left ACL. He was sharp off the bench against the Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago and tossed four touchdown passes with no interceptions in a 34-29 win over the Giants in his first start.On a cold, windy night against the Raiders, Foles was 19 of 38 for 163 yards with one TD and one pick. He didn’t complete any passes to Alshon Jeffery and most of his passes were short.“I’ve got to play and get him as many reps as he can, and then be smart about it,” Pederson said.“We have a lot of football left. Our season really is just beginning, quite honestly. But we’ll be smart and make good decisions there as a coaching staff, talk to the coordinators about playtime and all that. We’ll have a good plan later in the week.”Foles isn’t lobbying for rest or playing against the Cowboys.“There’s good and bad, you can look at it either way Authentic Customized Dolphins Jerseys ,” he said. “That’s where I trust the coaches. I’m going to continue to improve, continue to work and I trust whatever they say. I’m always ready to go and play. So we’ll see what the coaches decide.”Backup Nate Sudfeld hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL so it’s wise for Philadelphia to give him some experience and protect Foles from an injury. The Eagles don’t have a third quarterback on the roster or practice squad.“You could bring a third guy in, but what’s his chances of playing?” Pederson said. “Is he going to get in the game and hand the ball off? That’s about all he’s going to be able to do at this time and juncture of the season. We’ll have those conversations, continue to have them. Right now, we’re right where we need to be.”The Eagles nearly lost Sudfeld when the Indianapolis Colts wanted to sign him off the practice squad so they promoted him to the roster in November. The move obviously paid off or they would’ve scrambled to find a backup when Wentz got hurt.“I feel very confident and comfortable with Nate,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said.“Having been around the position a long time and getting a sense for how guys see and think and understand the game and how they process it, seeing them work on the field, I just have a high degree of confidence. Ultimately he hasn’t done it in a game, so that part is still to be determined. But as much confidence as you have in a guy, he mentally gets it.”.
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