WALTHAM - The Boston Celtics held their exit interviews on Monday morning, shortly after they fell in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers. We heard from all seven players who played in last night’s season-ending loss, in addition to Danny Ainge.
Now that the season has come to a close, much of the focus shifts to Marcus Smart’s impending restricted free agency. He was asked about it on Monday. “I want to be here. I love this city. I love this team. I love these fans. ... I’m here. My heart is here.”
I’ll include some highlights below, but for a full written recap of each interview, check out Keith Smith’s post from earlier this afternoon.
- Kyrie Irving wasn’t at yesterday’s Game 7 due to a recent nasal surgery.
- Aron Baynes broke his nose in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. He’ll be undergoing surgery soon.
- Danny Ainge said he’s willing to stand pat with the current roster, while just looking to make a few tweaks.
- Terry Rozier said he had a bad game last night, but he’ll, “shoot until his hand falls off.” He also said that Irving is the Celtics starting point guard.
- Both Rozier and Brown said they didn’t sleep much following the Game 7 loss. Each player said they were reflecting on the season and looking ahead to next year.
- Jayson Tatum said he learned that he belongs in this league. He plans on working on his body and getting bigger this offseason.
- Marcus Morris said Boston is his favorite place he’s played in across his career. He also said he’s never yelled as much as he did in the last few weeks in his entire life.
Check out all of this and more below: