Celtics Embracing Championship-Level Expectations

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Jaylen Brown, Kyrie Irving, and Gordon Hayward. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Brad Stevens and his Celtics open training camp tomorrow, with the first preseason game in Charlotte Friday.

"I think we're all eager to get started," Stevens said. "I think that, obviously, it's a long year--but it happens quick."

The regular season begins October 16th, and Boston's head coach recently said he's embracing his club's championship-level expectations.

"One of the things about all 30 teams at the start of the season is that everybody's looking at their upside, and looking at the best possible scenarios, right?" Stevens said. "And I think everybody feels great about where they are and who they are because nobody's played a game yet, nobody's lost a game yet. So we just need to be the best version of ourselves. We can't skip steps. We can't talk about being a favorite. We can't talk about being in the mix. We can't talk about being a playoff team. We have to go back and earn all that, work all the way through. One thing that I will say is, you'd rather be in the position of having expectations and having everybody back, because that means that the guys in the locker room are the ones that earned them. And I think having earned expectations is a positive thing."

Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are healthy, so that helps. The Warriors have the best title odds, followed by the C's, Rockets, and Lakers.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

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