Brad Stevens: Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will play back-to-backs
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By A.J. Mason

Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward probably won’t be at 100 percent by the time the Celtics begin the regular season Tuesday, but the two will be getting their wind back and rounding into form on the court. Even when the Celtics play back-to-back games.

On Friday, coach Brad Stevens told reporters that although his dynamic duo might be limited from a minutes perspective, the current plan is for them to play the games on the schedule.

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In recent years, as we’ve become smarter about player health and the long-term impact on their physical activity, many teams have begun strategically resting and pitch-counting their players. Many teams, for example, have been proactively sitting star players on the second night of a back-to-back.

That’s not the plan for Irving and Gordon.

Obviously, Stevens’ plans could change if either of the two have a setback of some sort. Irving and Hayward both missed the Celtics’ final two preseason games, as Irving was nursing some sore ribs and Hayward was having back...



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