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Morning sports update: Danny Ainge said it would be a ‘sad commentary’ if fans boo Kyrie Irving’s return to TD Garden

"It was a lot of people's fault, including my own."

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Danny Ainge discussed what went wrong for the Celtics last season. Elise Amendola / AP File Photo

The Bruins defeated the Sabres, 3-2, on Thursday night. Tuukka Rask produced 35 saves (including a possible save of the year) and Brad Marchand notched two goals.

On Saturday, the Bruins are at TD Garden for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Minnesota Wild.

The Celtics are in Denver on Friday for a 9 p.m. game against the Nuggets.

Danny Ainge on the potential of Celtics fans booing Kyrie Irving: The Celtics host the Nets on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Irving, who left Boston in the offseason for Brooklyn as a free agent, could make his first return to TD Garden since his summer departure.

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Asked what he thought about the chance that Celtics fans boo Irving, team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge offered his take.

“I think that’s a sad commentary,” Ainge said during a Thursday interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich.” “But I understand it just because I know there’s been a lot of negative attention.”

“I understand all that,” Ainge added. “I just think it’s a bad conclusion to come to. It’s not really fair.”

Irving is set to miss a fourth straight game for the Nets on Friday with a shoulder injury, and the team reportedly has no timetable for his return.

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Ainge added that while Irving gets blamed for the Celtics’ issues a season ago, “I just think it’s much, much bigger than that.”

“I don’t have any grudges against Kyrie,” Ainge said. “I’m grateful that he gave us a chance, and it didn’t work out. It wasn’t his fault things didn’t work out. It was a lot of people’s fault, including my own.”

Asked if the Celtics would potentially give Irving a tribute video, Ainge said it wasn’t his decision. Still, he admitted he was open to it.

“Sure,” said Ainge. “Why not?”

Trivia: In 2003, Bill Belichick faced Bill Parcells as the Patriots played the Cowboys. New England won the game, 12-0. Who was the Dallas quarterback that day?

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(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: In 1996, he was the 52nd overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. In 2001, he was the 53rd overall pick in the NFL draft.

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Trivia answer: Quincy Carter

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