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Boston Celtics Had The Kind Of Marquee Win You Dream About

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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 Bad and the Ugly: Neck-Deep Edition

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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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