Saying that the heart attack Boston Celtics president and general manager Danny Ainge would suffer early on Thursday afternoon was "more important than any game played", Celtics second-year forward Jayson Tatum was clearly perturbed by the news that Boston's patriarchal figure had a serious healthcare.
Most Celtics players were made aware of Ainge's condition when they arrived at practice Thursday morning.
"To me, he's a friend", Stevens said. "He takes time out of his life and his day, whatever he's doing and his schedule, to make sure you're all right", Smart said.
Ainge was in Milwaukee to watch the Celtics' Game 2 loss to the Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Very little of that has to do with Game 3, in my opinion. The Celtics won Game 1 Sunday afternoon before losing by 21 points Tuesday night. "So we're still trying to stay focused".
Ainge is a former Celtics guard who helped the team win two championships in 1984 and 1986. "I just hope he makes a speedy recovery". So, you don't even think about anything else. You just want him to be comfortable and feeling great and getting better with a good prognosis.
"This is much bigger than basketball", Stevens said. All that's the case.