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Your Morning Dumps… Where Tommy Heinsohn gets the team in shape

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
“I think he’s maybe a little out of shape,” Heinsohn stated, while recognizing that Irving was coming off of offseason knee surgery. “To me, it looks like he’s a little overweight. And to me — his timing, his quickness — he’s maybe an instant slower than he’s been.”
Rather than viewing Heinsohn’s criticism in a negative light, Irving used it as motivation.
“I was on the bike the next morning,” Irving claimed. “I was on the Versaclimb, I was doing everything possible to make sure I prepared my body for what’s to come the rest of the season.”

Irving needed some form of encouragement, and Heinsohn’s comments, which he stumbled upon last week, came at just the right time.
“It’s always great when someone challenges you like that, especially with the respect-level that I have for past Celtics Legends,” said Irving. “And for him to really kind of pinpoint, as me being one of the leaders on this team, a main [focal] point of this team, I had to be in better shape as well as challenge myself on both ends of the floor. I think he made it very clear to me.
NBA.com
Kyrie Irving then went on to clarify that giving short, simple, concise answers would literally kill him (Ok, not really).
It was the perfect storm of circumstances that got Kyrie back to looking like his normal self. With Heinsohn’s comments as a wake-up call, he ditched the Hendrix look, hit the treadmill, and took previously 4-0 Detroit Pistons to school. Irving’s 30 points (10-16 shooting), five assists, and five rebounds probably surprised many of us, as he posted just three points (1-5 shooting) to go with seven rebounds and five assists against the same Pistons team on Saturday. Playing yesterday’s game in Boston might have helped him get comfortable, but the most logical conclusion could be tied to the most significant change of all: shaving the afro. With great success requires sacrifice, or so they say. RIP Shimmy Hendrix.
(Apparently Jayson Tatum disagrees with me)

Jayson Tatum doesn't want Kyrie's fro to get a bad name after his season-high 31 points: "I told him, I said, 'If you have a good game tonight, don't blame it on the fro.' I told him I didn't want to hear nothing about your haircut."
— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) October 31, 2018

I find it strange that it was Tommy’s comments that inspired Kyrie to work a little harder to get in shape, as if he wasn’t already tracking his progress since coming back from his injury. We hear so much about diet, body fat percentage, and weird workout equipment these days, I figured that even if an athlete wasn’t totally on top of their conditioning, that a trainer would have notes on a clipboard somewhere to help them along. Then again, reading too much into a Kyrie Irving quote is asking for trouble – it’s nearly impossible to parse through it and separate the most important few words from the rest. Reading his quotes is like a scavenger hunt for philosophy majors.
On page 2, Aron Baynes is in one piece

Aron Baynes made his return Tuesday night against the Pistons, and as Brad Stevens said, his presence was immediately felt. pic.twitter.com/NPkRWvaXSu
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 31, 2018

Aron Baynes said he didn’t even feel his hamstring tonight. Banged his knee during the first half, but enjoyed it because it “gave me something to think about other than my hammy.” He’s a sick human.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) October 31, 2018

We were starting to get ‘Hospital Celtics’ vibes from early injuries to Daniel Theis and Baynes early in the year, but it looks like Baynes is in better shape than expected. And from now on, I’m calling banging knees to cover up the pain of another ailment “The Australian Recovery Program”. It’s like a really masochistic spin on drinking to cover up a hangover.
Seeing guys like Baynes and Al Horford hold their own against the Pistons is about as good as Kyrie torching their guards, if you ask me. Griffin was looking unstoppable in Detroit’s first games (dropped 50 on Philadelphia, scored 31 in two games vs Boston), and while Andre Drummond’s stock may have wavered in the past couple years, he’s still Andre Drummond: enormous and deceptively quick for somebody with his build. (Drummond’s only game this year without a double-double was Saturday vs Boston)
I’m putting ‘turning Aron Baynes into a modern NBA center’ onto the mantles of Brad Stevens’ greatest accomplishments, right next to Jordan Crawford’s Player of the Week award. I’ve seen Karl-Anthony Towns and Jonas Valanciunas get played straight off the court in playoff games, and yet Baynes has carved a niche for himself to always be relevant while he’s in. He’s secretly one of the best post defenders in basketball (seriously), and adding a three-point shot is icing on the cake. In a potential playoff series against Detroit, I’d take Baynes’ defense over nearly anybody else’s, which is why I can’t believe nobody has outbid the Celtics for him two years in a row.
The rest of the links
ESPN: Kyrie Irving shows off new haircut, then show up big against Pistons
Boston Globe: Kyrie Irving, Tommy Heinsohn lead Celtics to win (yes, you read that right)
Boston Herald: Kyrie Irving finds form as Celtics take down Pistons
CBS Sports: Gordon Hayward still dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired ankle


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Your Morning Dump… Where Kyrie confirms his old New York State of Mind

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
“Every team was under consideration but obviously New York had a special place for me,” he said. “Just being from Jersey and obviously envisioning myself as a free agent and taking a meeting and playing for [coach David Fizdale] and a great young core that they have here, playing with KP [Kristaps Porzingis], that was a big thing before I planned on re-signing back with Boston. But yeah, New York was a strong consideration.”
Globe: Kyrie Irving acknowledges Knicks once were a lure
“I think if you were in my position, I think it would be an easy decision,” Irving said of his decision to commit to the Celtics. “Thinking about who we have (in Boston) and the future and what we’re set up for. For me, it was where I am in age and how I envision my career going. And kind of the lineage of guys that have come before me in the Boston Celtics is something I wanted to be a part of. Obviously, my dad and my mom met in Boston, so I had a lot of history there, as well. Obviously, being from New Jersey, (there’s) history there. But Boston, there’s nothing like it.”
ESPN: Kyrie says he once considered joining Knicks
This has to be a gut punch for Knicks fans.
Imagine a girl you love standing there saying “I was basically on my way to meet you and I really could see myself with you… but… there was a detour and I had to stop and I met the man of my dreams there. But if i didn’t meet him I’d totally want to be with you.”

I’m not saying that I know this from a soul crushing experience or anything, but all a quote like Kyrie’s does is make you hope for a breakup. Knicks fans have probably started moving on since Kyrie announced he wants to re-sign with Boston… but this probably makes a few of them keep an eye on his situation in Boston.
“Oh… remember when he sat for the end of the Philly game?”
“Hey… isn’t Jayson Tatum getting a lot of touches?”
I have to admit, if I didn’t see all his other quotes leading up to this, I’d say he’s speaking a little too glowingly about New York, but I feel really good that he’s sticking to his word.
Related links: 
NBCSN Boston: Kyrie Irving confirms: ‘New York was a strong consideration’  |  As Knicks fans make pitch, Kyrie reaffirms love for Boston
MassLive: Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving considered signing with New York Knicks, but ‘Boston, there’s nothing like it’
Page 2: Baynes has a hamstring injury
Boston Celtics big man Aron Baynes suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of Boston’s 103-101 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday, which caused him to be ruled out for the final two periods.
In the immediate aftermath of the game, Brad Stevens hadn’t been told much.
“I don’t have any update on it,” Stevens said. “Hamstrings are scary to me.”
MassLive: Aron Baynes Injury: Boston Celtics big man has hamstring injury, which is ‘scary’ to Brad Stevens
Hamstring injuries tend to linger. The Celtics will also very likely be extremely cautious about this.
They haven’t made an announcement yet, but I’d anticipate him missing at least a couple of games. I’d be shocked if he plays tomorrow night against Orlando. The next game is Thursday in Oklahoma City… I’d say that’s iffy too. We won’t know for sure until he gets the MRI and a full determination is made.
Related links:
NBCSN Boston: Aron Baynes departs Knicks game with hamstring injury
And Finally…
Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul get into the fight that’s been brewing for probably a decade or so…

There were some legitimate punches being thrown, which you don’t normally seen in an NBA fight. There will be multiple game suspension for Rondo and Ingram for sure because Rondo threw a punch that connected and another than almost did while Ingram flew in out of nowhere with a punch. He also set this whole thing into motion by shoving James Harden.
Chris Paul’s punishment might not be as severe but he put a finger right on Rondo’s face that did provoke him. If I had to guess it’d be five games for Rondo, two or three for Ingram and one or two for Paul.
Side note, Marcus Morris had the best reaction of the night.

That’s was a Nice ass left Rondo !!! Lol
— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) October 21, 2018

Is this not a perfect Mook response?
Related links:
Herald: NBA roundup: Game breaks out at Chris Paul vs. Rajon Rondo fight
PS… Go Red Sox!!

We will always approve this message #BeatLA https://t.co/TzP5CaJDYV
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 21, 2018

The rest of the links
The Athletic: Men in the Mirror: Raptors take early season clash, but duel with Celtics likely to be a long one
Globe: Gordon Hayward skips Knicks game to rest  |  Thanks to Jayson Tatum, Celtics barely hold off lowly Knicks  |  76ers trying everything to help Markelle Fultz regain his confidence
ESPN: Which NBA player had the best kicks in the first week of the season?
NBCSN Boston: Tatum shining early in sophomore season
MassLive: Jayson Tatum redeems himself with clutch shots to beat New York Knicks  |  Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward’s absence vs. New York Knicks wasn’t pre-planned
Herald: Full spectrum for Jayson Tatum, but big shot gets C’s past Knicks at end  |  Celtics notebook: Gordon Hayward sits out vs. Knicks  |  NBA Notebook: How Mike Gorman spent his summer vacation


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