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Boston Celtics Clinch Top Spot In Eastern Conference And Will Face Bulls

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Boston Celtics Clinch Top Spot In Eastern Conference And Will Face Bulls

With a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, the Boston Celtics clinched the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Locking up the one seed means Boston has the pleasure of taking on the no.8 seed, and this year that team is the Chicago Bulls. Game 1 of the series will take place on Sunday, April 16 at 6:30pm on CSN.

The Bulls are a team that does have experienced veterans in Dwyane Wade and former Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, they also have some top level talent in Jimmy Butler who will be arguably the best player in the series.

Despite this, Boston should persevere and get past the 1st round of the playoffs for the first time in the post-modern big 3 era.

This is the third playoff appearance under head coach Brad Stevens and the third go around for all-star guard Isaiah Thomas who has everything to prove considering he fancies himself as an elite player, and eventually an elite player has to win a playoff series.

There are no excuses this time around, barring any major health issues Boston needs to get by Chicago. Last season against the Hawks the C’s lost Avery Bradley to injury and had a battered Jae Crowder. While Bradley still has lingering health concerns the additions of players like Al Horford and Jaylen Brown have improved Boston and the expectations that come with a one seed lay on their shoulders.

Cleveland may still be favored out of the East like the Warriors are favored out of the west, but Boston’s expectations are just as lofty. Come Sunday let us have no more wait until next years Net’s pick talk, instead, let us have faith in this years squad.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Gordon Hayward Likely Out For Season, Celtics Looking For Answers

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Not a shock, but it is looking like Gordon Hayward‘s season is over.

After the completion of his surgery in Boston on Wednesday night, it was being reported that Hayward would likely miss the entire season with his ankle injury.

According to Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein Hayward is unlikely to return this season, but that he is expected to ” make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form.”

Of course, there is the chance he returns in some type of playoff-bound scenario, but that thought has to be a long ways away. For the moment it is important to figure out what this team can do this season without an all-star forward in the mix.

This will mean added pressure to superstar guard Kyrie Irving and the longest tenured Celtic Marcus Smart. Even without Hayward this Celtics team still should be in the top of the Eastern Conference conversation like they were last season. They are essentially last years team now with a better point guard.

There will be an overreliance on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. But if those two young players can pull through you could see a Celtics team that could be set up better over the long haul than if Hayward was healthy.

Unfortunately for Brad Stevens and company the Boston Celtics have opened their campaign 0-2 and will now look to find themselves moving forward.

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The “Green” Lining

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Not to understate the solemnity of Gordon Hayward‘s injury, but the Boston Celtics are going to be just fine.

Saying, that without one player, the C’s are done for presupposes that this team is short on talent. It’s not.

When a newly acquired superstar goes down, it’s hard for fans to manufacture any positivity. Especially when such a thing happens during the first quarter of the season-opener. But let’s try to take a look at the implications of Hayward’s injury, without myopic jumpiness.

The 2017-18 season is very far from over for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward dislocating his ankle did not fracture Boston’s playoff hopes.

There are a few reassuring abstractions to be made from the box score of Tuesday night’s game, in which Hayward suffered the gruesome left leg injury.

Yes, the C’s lost to the Cavs 99-102, but this team passionately competed. And they mustered up the resolve to do so with one of their best players being escorted to the hospital.

This fact alone suggests that there are guys on this team who are willing, and able, to attempt to fill Gordon Hayward’s Nikes.

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Gordon Hayward Goes Down With Serious Injury

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Something you never want to see.

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward went down with a serious leg injury just five minutes into his Celtics career. Hayward went up for an alley-oop against the Cleveland Cavaliers and came down awkwardly on his leg.

It looked like his ankle was dislocated/fractured.

Upon suffering the injury the game was stopped with players and fans alike in complete disbelief of what had occurred. Hayward was stretchered off the court wearing an air cast on his leg.

He was brought into the Cavs locker room for further evaluation and was then going to be moved to another area of the arena.

Celtics and Cavs medical staff announced that the injury suffered by Hayward is a fractured left ankle. A quick google search pegs the timeline at six weeks for the bones to heal.

More information to come as the story develops….

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