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Boston Celtics Fans Should Be Patient With Big Man Ante Zizic As He Adjusts To NBA Play

One of the biggest issues the Boston Celtics faced last year was their lack of rebounding. In fact they were the worst rebounding team in the playoffs last season.

One of the goals this offseason was to find someone who could help them out in that department. Many hope it could be Ante Zizic who has been stashed overseas by the Celtics.

Ahead of NBA Summer League Zizic said his main role with the team would be rebounding which makes sense. But everything isn’t going according to plan right now.

In Summer League he has had his fair share of struggles, and the reason is the learning curve from Europe to the United States. The 20-year-old big man had by far his best game on Sunday night against the Portland Trail Blazers with 9 points and 11 rebounds. But even with that, there is a ton of work to be done with his game.


“Everything is much faster. But I think right now, today I played really good,” Zizic, who has been one of his harshest critics this summer, told reporters after the win. “After training camp I will be ready 100 percent for this style of game. And of course there’s a lot of — here, they prefer a game of 1-on-1. And I’ll find my role.”

The Boston Celtics coaching staff is also aware of Zizic’s need to adjust to the differences in play.

“I think he’s just getting comfortable with the game,” Celtics summer league coach Walter McCarty told “A lot of times he goes to the rim, he’s sealing for such a long time that by the time the play happens so fast and gets downcourt, he’s a step behind. So I think he’s finding the medium of sealing, it’s not there, don’t get the offensive rebound, I don’t have it, recognize it, and get out down the court.”

Of course the best play for Zizic to work on his game is in NBA summer league. The fact that he has shown improvement already is great news for the Boston Celtics. But with the team signing center Aron Baynes to a one-year deal it looks like the C’s have made other plans to replace the minutes of Amir Johnson.

There are still those that view Zizic as the starting center option for Boston including CSNNE NBA insider A. Sherrod Blakeley who has the Croatian center penciled in as the starter at the moment.

Ultimately it looks like the move for Baynes signals that the Celtics do not view Zizic as their starting center. Of course that can all change as Summer League and the off-season progresses. But for now it is important to give Ante Zizic some time to adjust.

“I expect a little bit more from myself,” Zizic said. “I need just a little bit of time to [adjust] to this style of game.”

If Zizic or Baynes isn’t the answer, it could be Guerschon Yabusele who was the 16th overall pick in the 2016 draft. And according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, a player that the Celtics plan to have on their roster in the fall.

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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Neck-Deep Edition




It feels like New England Sports is currently being buried – in snow, controversies and soul-decimating losses.

The recent Patriots victory over the Steelers has been tarnished by subsequent internal-fighting. And over the past couple of weeks, the Boston Celtics have been defeated by some of the most middling of NBA teams.

The only auspicious emblem to be found would be the Bruins, who have won 3 games in a row. If the season ended today, the B’s would make the playoffs! But don’t worry, they’ll find a way to self-destruct before the season actually ends.

So when you’re neck-deep in it, like we presently find ourselves, what do you do? You shovel yourself out. Let this article be your utensil of liberation! It’s time for another installment of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Neck Deep Edition.

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The Celtics Have a Bench Problem



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With the Celtics suffering a nonplussing loss at the hands of the Utah Jazz, it’s become apparent: This bench is gonna need some help. And they’re going to have to find this help from within themselves.

Ever since he was acquired from the Pistons, Marcus Morris was expected to be the most talented asset on the Celtics bench. Morris has the skills to be a secondary powerhouse in the NBA. Just last season, for Detroit, Morris averaged 14.0 PPG and just about 5 RPG.

But unfortunately his young tenure in Boston has deteriorated into “what ifs”.

Marcus has been afflicted with a lancinating and unrelenting pain in his left knee. Not only did he miss the start of the season, but he’s been sidelined yet again by this tenacious problem.

Without Morris on the court, Boston’s bench lacks that veteran’s heart and wisdom that he provides. They also are mathematically short in the scoring department, without the versatile big man.

As we saw Friday night at the Garden, somebody is going to need to step up – and fast.

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Jayson Tatum’s Patience: The Deciding Factor



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There is currently a preponderance of NBA rookies who are dominating the league. We’re talking about 20-somethings (some even younger than that) leading their teams in nearly every statistical category.

This is no longer your father’s NBA.

Gone are the days of “earning your stripes”. In today’s game, if a player has the talent he’s going to be encouraged to use it.

Our favorite youngling, here in Boston, is unanimously Jayson Tatum. This 19-year-old kid has stormed the Garden like some new-school Larry BirdPaul Pierce hybrid. He’s the futuristic embodiment of “Celtics Basketball” – the silhouette for Boston’s modern logo.

But Tatum’s not even the superlative of this year’s rookie class!

Many “Green Teamers” would argue the cockeyed contention that Jayson Tatum is a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year. As heartening as it may be for the flourishing freshman to hear such high praise, it still stems from unchecked fandom.

I swear, there must be something circulating around the Charles River. It seems that Boston has become more and more generous, in recent years, when it comes to appraising young talent.

In every sport, we’re ready to give our kindergarteners their high school diploma, the very second they demonstrate their ability.

The homer expectations, surrounding Jayson Tatum, are in need of an adjustment. Let’s take a look at a few rookies, who are ahead of Tatum in the primary categories.

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