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Boston Celtics Draft Night Recap: Team Drafts Jayson Tatum

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Boston Celtics Draft Night Recap: Team Drafts Jayson Tatum At No.3 And Declines A Trade For Butler

Instead of making a trade with their No.3 pick, the Boston Celtics drafted a player.

With the No.3 pick in the NBA draft the Boston Celtics drafted Jayson Tatum from Duke.

“The feeling is just everything I wished for and more,” Tatum told ESPN. “I’m trying not to cry right now.”

The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds as a freshman for the Blue Devils. He shot .342 on 3-pointers and .849 on free throws.

He’s considered one of the best isolation scorers in the college game, with an advanced midrange game and the ability to score off the dribble.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining such a great and tremendous franchise like the Celtics,” Tatum told CSNNE’s Abby Chin. “They’re a great team, they were the No. 1 seed in the East last year with so many great veteran players like Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley. Just so much I can learn from those guys.”

In terms of his potential role with Boston, Tatum sees his versatility as his strength.

“Versatility, and a guy that’s multi-dimensional offensively and defensively, especially at my size and how long I am,” Tatum told Chin when asked what he’ll bring to Boston. “I think that’s what they like best.”

Many Boston Celtics fans might leave the night feeling a bit disappointed. Probably not because of the Tatum pick, but because Ainge decline to trade for Jimmy Butler.

Butler ended up being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The deal Chicago ended up doing with the Wolves was the following

Bulls Receive

Wolves Receive

  • Jimmy Butler
  • No.16 pick in this years draft (Justin Patton)

The Boston Celtics were reportedly in talks with the Bulls for Butler, but the C’s were reportedly unwilling to to part with this years No.3 (Tatum) or next years Brooklyn Net’s pick.

Minnesota and the Celtics had also talked about the No.7 pick earlier in the day in a potential package to trade for New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis. But that trade seems to be dead with Phil Jackson reportedly wanting an Anthony Davis type of return of Porzingis.

Just after the Celtics selected Tatum with the No.3 pick, a rumor from Adrain Wojnarowski from the Vertical kicked up the idea of Paul George coming to Boston once again.

Former Celtic forward Brian Scalabrine has a different theory though and it has to do with Clevaland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.

“I’m not closing the door on Kevin Love coming here,” Scalabrine said. “I’m really not. I’m not. I have a feeling.”

Scal thinks that the Celtics could land Love in a three-way trade with the Cavs and the Pacers. It would involve George joining Cleveland and Boston landing Love. Boston could part with Tatum or potentially something less to Indiana.

“To me it makes sense,” Scalabrine said.

Love has three years remaining on the 5-year, $110 million contract he signed with Cleveland in 2015. The 28-year-old All-Star averaged 19 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in his third season with the Cavs.

Boston Celtics Take A Defensive Minded 3-Point Sniper In The Second

In the second round of the draft, Danny Ainge went with the best available player with his 32nd overall pick.

The lucky player was SMU junior wing Semi Ojeleve, who according to The Ringer compares to current Celtic Jae Crowder. Ojeleve averaged 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in his final season at SMU. Ojeleye also took 172 3-pointers this past season. Made 42.4 percent of them

There is reason to believe that he will outplay his draft pick position and could be a contributor for Boston in the near future.

Celtics Draft A Point Guard At 53

With the 53rd pick in the NBA draft the Boston Celtics selected 24-year-old  Arizona PG Kadeem Allen.

Allen is considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the entire draft. Draws comparison to former Celtic Tony Allen. One NBA draft expert predicts Allen could be a long-time pro given his defensive skills.

Kadeem Allen played four years in college and will likely play for the Maine Red Claws, but there is a chance he is a second round pick that could break through to the NBA sooner rather than later.

Another pick, another guard at 56

Following the Allen pick, the Celtics used their 56th pick on another guard.

This time it was Cal guard Jabari Bird, who happens to be Jaylen Brown‘s former college teammate.

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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Boston Celtics Set To Face Their Toughest Test

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The Boston Celtics have battled their way to a 13-game winning streak after losing the first two games of their season. This winning streak has catapulted the C’s to the top of the Eastern Conference and has gotten the attention of fans around the NBA. But on Thursday night this team will face it’s first big test, the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State is the reigning NBA champions and still has the most talented roster in the entire league. Boston has done it all during their winning streak, but this task could be their toughest obstacle.

Taking down the Warriors is a huge confidence swing for a team that is potentially eyeing a title chance at the end of the season. Drumming up a regular season game is usually a hard thing to do, but for this game, the two teams are legitimate title contenders. For the Celtics, the loss of Gordon Hayward was thought to be crippling to this year’s team’s potential. But the amount of grit and resilience they have shown has been remarkable.

Whether they have been without Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, or Jayson Tatum, this team has battled through it all to win 13 straight games. Thursday’s game will be a challenge, but one that could be very telling for the team’s long-term success.

Celtics-Warriors tips off at 8:00 pm on TNT.

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The Mask: Recalibrating Kyrie’s Face and the Offense

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Kyrie Irving is being obligated to accessorize on the basketball court. If you haven’t heard – It’s sort of a big deal. 

After getting elbowed in the face by Aron Baynes, during last Friday’s game, Kyrie will have to wear a protective mask for a little while. And many fans believe that Irving wears the good ol’ Rip Hamilton face mask with suave fashionability. 

Despite the raving reviews and social media’s embracement, Irving peers through his plastic transparency with defeated eyes. He looks like an emasculated puppy who has to wear one of those postoperative head-cones.

It’s apparent that Irving wants to release his bite, but feels that all he can do is bark, behind the silly partition. On Tuesday afternoon, Kyrie voiced his ambivalent love for the sensation that his prescription face shield has become. “I know it’s for my safety.” He volunteered during a press conference, before doing battle with the Brooklyn Nets.

Conversely, in his first game back since the recent facial injury, Kyrie Irving did not play with his tail between his legs. He attacked the Barclays Center like a beast unleashed.

Kyrie absolutely stifled the resolve of the Nets, with lancinating drives and frustrated flair. He was able to channel his embarrassment into his performance.

The annoying piece of hardware, that scratched at his face and jostled his vision, was ticking him off in a productive manner. After every play, Kyrie would remove the mask, guffaw at its dorkiness, readjust and then get back to work.

Irving, with a game-high 25 points and 5 assists, would lead the Celtics to a 109-102 victory over Brooklyn, on Tuesday night.

Celtics fans may not realize this, but Kyrie’s notorious mask is going to have a huge influence on the games in which it appears. Not only will the facemask recalibrate Kyrie Irving’s expression, but it will also recalibrate the entire Celtics offense.

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Boston Celtics Excitement Reaching 2008 Levels

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The 2017-18 Boston Celtics are on a bit of a roll right now with a 12 game win streak. Going into this season the hype surrounding a team that added not one but two superstars was high. And this team has yet to disappoint. But the way they are doing it is beyond impressive.

When Gordon Hayward went down there was an eerie feeling of a new season already being ruined. But with the youth movement in full swing, this team had something else in mind. Boston has battled through it all during their win streak. They have played without Al Horford and Kyrie Irving at times showing the full repertoire of what coach Brad Stevens has to offer.

Stevens during this run has drawn up game-winning plays with personnel such as Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown playing well beyond their years. Can this run continue? Are they as good as they are playing? Yes and yes. Obviously, they will lose a basketball game sooner rather than later, but they have yet to play their best basketball.

Brown and Tatum are both young players who in theory will continue to grow and develop as the season progresses. And they are not the only ones, the other young players should be able to do the same under Stevens. On top of that Irving who has fit right into the Stevens’ system, in theory, has yet to hit his stride in the system. Others such as Morris and Baynes are also in that category.

Boston might be in the midst of a serious winning streak, but they still have room for growth. Can they win a title this season without Hayward? Why not? In the NBA playoffs, the team with the superstars tend to win which Boston would be outgunned when playing a Cleveland or a Golden State. But along the way, if they can get Tatum and others some playoff experience and a chance to see what getting close to a championship is like it could go a long way when Hayward returns.

No matter what happens this years team is the first big excitement surrounding the Celtics since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen teamed up with Paul Pierce.

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