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screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-12-21-23-pm Boston Celtics Had The Kind Of Marquee Win Over The Cleveland Cavaliers You Dream About

The Boston Celtics have been atrocious against teams named Cavaliers, Wizards, Raptors. But on Wednesday night they shook of their demons and this gritty Celtics team defeated LeBron James and the Cav’s 103-99 on national television.

Facing a two-point deficit, Marcus Smart drew back-to-back offensive fouls against the Cavaliers before Jae Crowder drained a 3-pointer under two minutes to go. Then, it was Avery Bradley’s turn as he drained a 3-pointer on the other end to keep Boston ahead.

Out of a Cavaliers timeout, Cleveland set up Kyle Korver for an open 3-pointer before Thomas drained his only field goal of the fourth quarter with a 25 foot 3-point shot. Cav’s guard Kyrie Irving responded with a layup to tie the game before IT drew a shooting foul and drained a pair of free-throws to put the C’s ahead, 101-99.

“I think the biggest thing: I went into the game thinking, and told our guys this afternoon, and just told them now, I wasn’t as concerned about the result,” Stevens said. “I just wanted to play with a real purpose possession to possession and maximize as many of those as possible. Let the chips fall where they may. We did a better job with that tonight than we have in a lot of games this year, which is required when you play a team of this caliber. And hopefully we can keep doing that when we go on the road.”

If Kyrie has the best handles in the league, what does that make Avery Bradley defensively? pic.twitter.com/pHipIityZw

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When the Celtics called upon Bradley to come into the game cold in the fourth quarter in his second game back and he delivered one of the grittiest performances you might see from a Celtics player all season. He came in cold  and on top of hitting the previously mentioned clutch 3-pointer he was the defender on Irving with time expiring in the fourth quarter. AB was on Iriving like glue, his defensive stand is what can win a championship and that is something Boston cannot afford to lose anytime soon.

Isaiah Thomas with the HUGE 3-pointer! pic.twitter.com/vuNkXUJqHG

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This was a good win for the Celtics but the Cav’s are a battered team right now with a player like Kevin Love out for the foreseeable future. For the C’s knowing they can beat Cleveland is a big deal for their confidence and in a potential playoff series. It is worth mentioning that this is only the 19th time the C’s have out rebounded their opponent, and in those 19 games they possess an 18-1 record.

Now Boston will travel to the west coast to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

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 Better and the Best

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Well if this wasn’t the worst week in Boston Sports history then I don’t what is. Now that I think of it, this month of October has arguably been the worst month ever, for Boston fans. The Sox are done, the Pats are neck-and-neck with the Jets in the AFC East and the Celtics are currently 0-2. There’s just no salvation to be found!

By now, all of us have fully absorbed the magnitude of Gordon Hayward’s injury. And the prognosis will certainly not put a smile on your face, nor will the trajectory of this Celtics team, as they are still searching for their first win. If that’s not frustrating enough for you, Marcus Smart is out for tonight’s game with an ankle injury.

Man, New England is in dire need of a pick-me-up. Have no fear. I am here to answer the call.

Rather than doing another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (where I mostly enumerate the worst things in Boston Sports) let’s do something a little more positive. This city needs a big injection of enthusiasm and I’ve come to provide it.

It’s time for the first ever (and probably only) edition of The Good, the Better and the Best.

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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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