Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge suffers mild heart attack in Milwaukee

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Saying that the heart attack Boston Celtics president and general manager Danny Ainge would suffer early on Thursday afternoon was "more important than any game played", Celtics second-year forward Jayson Tatum was clearly perturbed by the news that Boston's patriarchal figure had a serious healthcare. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in Boston.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the team practiced Thursday that he's been in frequent communication with Ainge's family. He received immediate medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery. Now the series heads to Boston's TD Garden, where Game 3 is scheduled for Friday night at 8 p.m. ET.

"To me, he's a friend", Stevens said.

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One of the league's most well-respected front office executives, Celtics Nation and the National Basketball Association community certainly wish Ainge the best. "He constantly checks in on my family and everything like that". But in 2007, he acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to play alongside Paul Pierce, beginning in earnest the NBA's "super team" era. Just personally for me he's been like another mentor for me. For me, from when I first got here, Danny was the person I see every day and am talking to, so he means a lot to my life as well. He played parts of three seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, batting.269 before settling into a 14-year career in the National Basketball Association.

It is unclear when he will be able to attend a game again, but the Celtics are just thankful that he is already on the road to recovery.

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