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Smiling on the inside

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  June 18, 2008 07:49 PM

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When it was clear that the Celtics were going to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers to win their 17th NBA title, the Jumbotron at TD Banknorth Garden showed Celtics executive director of basketball operations/general manager Danny Ainge.

Ainge received a rousing ovation from the crowd, but didn't even crack a smile. He had a look that was part poker face, part expectant first-time father.

"There is a time and a place to celebrate," said Ainge today. "There was still a lot of game to be had. Plus, I didn't know I was on the screen. I was watching the game. But I was smiling inside and loving every minute of it. I was excited from the get-go. That was a very well-played game by us."

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