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In Good Spirits: Danny Ainge

Great to hear that, on a Thursday that has to some kind of record for bad Boston news, the man in charge emerged with health, and spirits, intact.

Nothing like a major health scare to deliver massive dose of perspective.

Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe on Danny Ainge's minor heart attack:

Ainge will miss the team's playoff opener against the Chicago Bulls tomorrow afternoon but is expected to make a full recovery.

Ainge, 50, missed the Celtics' 115-107 victory over Washington in the regular-season finale Wednesday night at TD Banknorth Garden. He awoke yesterday with chest pains and was admitted to the hospital. Ainge had a clogged artery relieved by a stent, according to a report on Channel 5.

"It's a tough day," Celtics managing general partner Stephen Pagliuca said. "[Ainge is] coming along well. He got to the hospital quickly and they took care of it. He's recovering nicely.

"I saw him at about 3:30 p.m. I spoke to him and he was already joking about recovering, and Eddie House breaking his record putting him over the top. He was in good spirits. He was with his wife, Michelle, at the hospital. He was in good spirits.

"We're very grateful that Danny is progressing," Pagliuca added. "He will bounce back quickly. Danny is a warrior. I'm just very glad he's OK and he's in great care. We hope to see him back soon because he's a big part of Celtics Nation."

I understand it can take some time to establish new routines after something like this. Best of luck to Danny Ainge as he sees this recovery through.