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Boston Celtics exit interview wrap-up

The Celtics have regret about missed chances, but optimism for the future

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The Boston Celtics completed their exit interviews following their season-ending Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here is some of what the team had to say:

Jaylen Brown

· On the Game 7 loss: “It was tough to swallow. I’m disappointed in myself. We expected to be preparing for the Finals and we’re not.”

· On growth: “Part of that pain that occurs is to grow. There’s always something to get better at. It’s humbling to lose. It makes me want to get better.”

· On the future: “We have something special building here.”

Marcus Morris

· On playing in Boston: “Playing in Boston is special. I’ve been around a lot of places, but Boston is my favorite. This place is different.”

· On Jayson Tatum: “He’s going to be one of the faces of this league soon.”

Aron Baynes

· On the season: “I enjoyed the hell out of it. Everyone on the team bought into the system.”

· On the Game 7 loss: “I told the team the 2013 Spurs lost a Game 7 and it galvanized the group.”

· On coming back to Boston next year: “I would love to be a part of it in the future.”

· Baynes also revealed he broke his nose in Game 6 and will need surgery soon

Al Horford

· On adversity this season: “When adversity hit, this group always figured out a way. I think Coach Stevens always led the way.”

· On next season: “Our message from the start of training camp is ‘We need to build it back up.’”

· On missing Kyrie Irving: “We can’t think about what could have been, but when Kyrie is on our team we’re at another level.”

· On the offseason: “I think they (the front office) feels really good about the future of this group. I do believe we have a bright future with this group.”

· On playing for the Celtics: “When you play for the Boston Celtics your goal is to win a championship. That’s why I came here. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward know that too.”

Jayson Tatum

· On the Playoffs: “The Playoffs are when the most is on the line and that’s when I have the most fun.”

· On dunking on LeBron James: “Not too many people say they can do that.”

· On what he learned this year: “I learned that I definitely belong in this league.”

· On offseason goals: “I plan to work on my body and to get bigger.”

· On playing with Kyrie Irving next year: “I’m looking forward to it. He’s one of the best players in the league. It’s going to be very competitive.”

Terry Rozier

· On Kyrie Irving returning next year: “He’s our starter. I’m not really worried about starting.”

· More on Kyrie Irving: “I’m going to challenge him every day.”

· On last night’s struggles: “I barely slept. I had a bad game. It sucks to go out like that. This is a game we could have won and should have won.”

· On confidence and challenging LeBron James: “I’m going to shoot until my hand falls off. And I’m gonna get him (James) next year…but he blocked me a lot.”

Danny Ainge

· On the Game 7 loss: “I felt like it was one of the playoff games that we lost that we should have won. It’s going to propel the players through the offseason.”

· On the roster: “We’re not looking to make changes other than small tweaks.”

· More on the roster: “You don’t know what opportunities will present themselves, but I like this group of guys.”

· On the idea of trading Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward: “I get a kick out of people saying we don’t need them. If this playoff run didn’t show that, I don’t know what does. We’re much better with Kyrie and Gordon.”

· On Kyrie Irving missing Game 7: “He had minor surgery on a deviated septum and was recovering. I don’t think he wanted to be seen in public and ruin his movie career (laughs).”

· On ownership paying the luxury tax: “Our ownership group has been willing to pay for a team that has a chance.”

· On Jayson Tatum: “We expected him to play 20-25 per game off the bench. He obviously did a lot more than that, but he’s just scratching the surface.”

· On Gordon Hayward’s recovery: “He’s progressing well. He’s playing one-on-one already. Should be able to play full basketball in one to two months.”

Marcus Smart

· On his upcoming free agency: “I want to be in Boston. I want to be here. My heart is here. I love this city. I love this team. I love these fans.”

· On offseason plans: “I’m ready to get home and see my mom.”

· More on his free agency: “The Celtics are already planning for me to be here. I have some thinking to do, but I want to be here. We haven’t talked money, but we’ve established me being here is a big deal.”