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Celtics trudge into offseason at end of challenging season

The Celtics didn’t live up to their championship expectations in 2018-19, thumped 4-1 in the second round of the playoffs by the Bucks. Boston now enters a pivotal offseason with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford both holding player options to return and key reserves Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris entering free agency. After a season in which chemistry was an issue, it leaves team president Danny Ainge with tough choices.

On Basketball: Has Kyrie played his last game for Celtics?

When the buzzer sounded in Milwaukee, the question immediately became this: Has Kyrie Irving played his last game for the Boston Celtics? It’s very possible. Welcome to free agency, Kyrie. He’s now in the place that other big names like Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson all will be whenever their respective seasons end, and they’ll all hear the same question about their futures. Are they staying or going? Time will tell.

Back in Boston, Celtics honor John Havlicek

The Boston Celtics are honoring Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who died last week at the age of 79. The Celtics came out wearing T-shirts with Havlicek’s No. 17. The crowd observed a moment of silence before the national anthem. Havlicek played 16 years for the Celtics and is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. He was an eight-time NBA champion and the 1974 finals MVP.

Celtics President Danny Ainge has mild heart attack

Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge has had a mild heart attack and is expected to make a full recovery. The team says the 60-year-old executive received immediate medical attention in Milwaukee, where the Celtics were facing the Bucks in the second round of the playoffs. Ainge is returning to Boston. Ainge also had a mild heart attack in 2009.

Warriors edge Rockets, Celtics beat Bucks in openers

Kevin Durant scored 35 points in outdueling James Harden and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 104-100 on Sunday in the opener of what is shaping up to be a sensational best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal.

Bucks expecting another hard-fought matchup with Celtics

The Bucks believe they are a very different team from the one that lost to the Celtics in seven games in the first round of the playoffs last season. The teams are back for a rematch, but this time with a trip to the Eastern Conference finals on the line. Both teams are coming off first-round sweeps, but this time its Milwaukee and not Boston that will have home-court advantage.

John Havlicek, Boston Celtics great, dies at 79

John Havlicek, the Boston Celtics great whose steal of Hal Green’s inbounds pass in the final seconds of the 1965 Eastern Conference final against the Philadelphia 76ers remains one of the most famous plays in NBA history, has died. He was 79.

Celtics: Marcus Smart out 4-6 weeks partially torn oblique muscle

The Boston Celtics say guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle. The injury was revealed in an MRI scan. He sustained the injury during the third quarter of Boston’s home loss to Orlando. The timetable for Smart’s return means he will be sidelined for Boston’s first-round series and the second round, as well, should the Celtics advance.

NBA roundup: James Harden scores 42 points to help Rockets beat Celtics

James Harden had 42 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets held on the beat the Boston Celtics 115-104 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory, at Boston. Harden made six 3-pointers and scored 40 or more points for the 24th time this season. Houston entered the day in fifth place in the Western Conference standings, a game behind of fourth-place Oklahoma City.

Celtics’ Aron Baynes breaks bone in left hand

Celtics center Aron Baynes will be out indefinitely after breaking a bone in his left hand against the Phoenix Suns. Baynes blocked a pass, shook his hand in visible pain and walked off the court straight to the locker room during a timeout early in the opening quarter.

NBA capsules: Kyrie Irving helps Celtics past Wizards 130-125 in overtime

Kyrie Irving scored Boston’s last 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime to outduel John Wall in a point-guard showdown, and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.