If any team in the postseason could use a fresh start, it’s the Boston Celtics.Saddled with an excess of expectations — 60-plus wins, immediate contention, cohesion on a team chock full of stars and high-level role players in need of minutes — the Celtics scuffled out of the gate, starting 10-10. At various times during the regular season, Boston looked like a team on the verge of putting everything together, but whenever losses hit, the Celtics’ chemistry began to chafe. Kyrie Irving, who missed last year’s playoffs, spent much of the season telling reporters he couldn’t wait to get to the postseason, where the games actually matter. Is he glad to get to the playoffs?“I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Brad Stevens said on Thursday, in a conference call. “And I think that goes for the whole team. In a lot of ways it was not an easy year. And yet we still managed to be a reasonable team that achieved some things. Not what we had hoped, not what the outside had hoped. But I think that last Tuesday gave us a reset. And I think our guys are all excited about that.”Irving in particular appears energized.“I’m just happy… Read full this story
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