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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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Reviewing Boston Celtics Trade For Irving

The Boston Celtics traded for Kyrie Irving on Tuesday. This trade sent a shockwave through the Celtics fan base and throughout the entire NBA community.

Irving is a 25-year-old point guard with two years left on his deal with the third year being a player option.

In exchange for Irving, the Celtics sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 18 Nets pick to Cleveland. Many will debate if this is indeed a good trade, or even makes the Celtics better.

But in terms of Irving and Isaiah, their stats tell similar stories. But with term left on his deal, a younger age of 4 years, and growth potential, Irving over Thomas is a smart pick in terms of the future.

Losing Crowder isn’t a big deal. Boston already has Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum locked up at that position.

Zizic is still a big man prospect but left a lot to be desired in Celtics Summer League action. The real question here is the Net’s pick. The 18 Brooklyn pick is a reason to be concerned with no restrictions on it. On paper, the Net’s are a better team than they were last year.

But losing the Net’s pick means that Boston has lost their largest trading pick. One could argue Ainge should have included a Tatum or a Brown before the Net’s pick. Because of the Net’s pick, symbolized a potential to land a big man superstar like Anthony Davis.

But when it comes down to it, getting Irving was real, Davis? Not so much.

Ainge made the smart play for the long term on a player that seems committed to staying in Boston. If I were in his shoes, this move is a no brainer. It is easy to get sentimental about Thomas.

IT helped turn Boston into a contender and his personality fit right in. His play style, attitude, and the way Celtics fans showed their love and support for him after losing his sister in the playoffs will go down as one of the most emotional times in Boston sports. By no means should trading Thomas mean that we should degrade him as a player. Thomas is a top 5 guard in the NBA, an all-star, and an MVP type player.

But when it comes to sports, business is king.

Thank you IT.

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Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas stands by himself during team introductions before a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

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Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

Late Tuesday night, Danny Ainge addressed the media with a fiscally callous tone. On this conference call, Ainge expanded on the complicated circumstances regarding the acquisition of superstar Kyrie Irving. There was a certain steady melancholy to Ainge’s voice that betrayed the truth. This was not an easy trade to make for the veteran Celtics general manager.

Isaiah Thomas (the little guy), Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic now play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. And barring a trade so does the Nets 1st round selection in the 2018 draft. Ainge stammered when trying to communicate the misgivings he had with trading those players. But it was a well-weighted decision. He added, “at the same time we got one of the best offensive players in the league.”

Certainly, letting go of a franchise-face like Isaiah Thomas is a recalcitrant option to flesh out in the war room. Celtics management really ruminated on the trade proposal, before pulling the trigger.

Danny Ainge disclosed to the media members on the conference call that “this deal was not available a month ago.” According to the Celtics GM, the C’s had been in deliberations with the Cavaliers for quite a while. It’s safe to conjecture that the two teams had been aggressively spitballing with each other for the nearly the entire offseason.

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