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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Hanley Ramírez reveló en redes sociales que se sometió a cirugía de hombro. El primera base y bateador designado de los Medias Rojas puso una foto en su cuenta de Twitter en la cual dijo (traducido al español): "Hola, mi gente. Me sometí a cirugía en el hombro izquierdo hoy, manténganme en sus oraciones. Regresaré más fuerte en 2018". Ramírez ha sufrido de problemas de hombro desde la campaña pasada, pero había descartado la necesidad de someterse a cirugía.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart on not reaching an extension with Celtics: "‬We thought it was close from the fact that we didn't ask for much. … But they just weren't budging." Smart will be a restricted free agent after the season and will use that as motivation. "It just makes it an even bigger year for me. Unfortunately it's the business. This won't be the last time somebody is in this situation and just play it out and see how the year goes."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving on his new shamrock-toed Nikes: "One thing I can credit myself for is the creativity I have in my shoes so I was excited to make these debuts."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

A source familiar with LeBron James' thinking tells ESPN that James is a "total game-time" decision. Tuesday marks 20 days since James sprained his left ankle. Here's what Dwyane Wade had to say about tonight after James went through shootaround Tuesday morning: "We all expect, everyone around expects him to play because that's what he does. But at the same time the decision's on him. He's going to make the right decision for what he feels is best for the long haul season. We've been preparing like he's going to be in there, we also have to be ready if he's not."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving asked why he wanted a trade out of Cleveland: "I will never pinpoint anything because that's not what real grown-ups do."

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Celtics underdog in Irving's return

The Celtics are the BPI favorite out of the Eastern Conference to make the NBA Finals (40 percent), but Kyrie Irving & Co. aren't favored in the season opener at the Cavaliers. LeBron James (questionable) averages 29.6 points against the Celtics, his most against any team.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Shea McClellin is eligible to begin practicing this week after opening the year on injured reserve, and asked if that will happen, Bill Belichick said it is a "possibility." The decision would come after consultation with the medical staff.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford the opening-night starters for Boston.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving's Shamrock shoes.

ESPN Stats & Info

Hello LeBron, longtime Celtics nemesis

All time, only Michael Jordan has more career points per game against the Celtics than LeBron James, whose Cavaliers host Boston on Tuesday night to open the 2017-18 NBA season.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dustin Pedroia will decide within the next few days on a course of treatment for his left knee, according to a source familiar with his thinking. The Red Sox second baseman has seen specialists in New York and Boston. Surgery remains a possibility. "If you were to get it fixed, the recovery is a long time," Pedroia said last week. "So, I have a lot of things to weigh with the doctors and figure it out."

Brian Windhorst ESPN Senior Writer 

Opening day in Cleveland

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

During an appearance on the Road Trippin' podcast, Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas, addressing comments he made about not wanting to talk to Danny Ainge again, said he was disrespected by not being alerted to a possible deal. Added Thomas: "I'm not tripping off the trade, like I got traded to the Cavs and we're going to win a championship."

ESPN Stats & Info

Vegas is almost all-in on the Warriors

Golden State is much better than even money to win its third NBA title in four years, per the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Cavs sit second at 4-1, with no other teams better than 10-1.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

How significant will reviewing Super Bowl LI be for the Patriots as they begin preparing for Sunday's home game against the Falcons? Safety Duron Harmon answers that question.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

One day after he interviewed with Red Sox and one day before he meets Mets, praise keeps rolling in for Astros bench coach Alex Cora. "The guy is always bringing something to the table for the younger guys, which is great," Astros DH Carlos Beltran said. "He has good communication with the guys. He's always in the clubhouse getting to know the players, getting to know which buttons he could push on each player to make them go out there and play the game hard."