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Boston Celtics Have A Serious Problem With Isaiah Thomas

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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, left, steals the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Boston Celtics Have A Serious Problem With Isaiah Thomas

Boston Celtics All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas is becoming a liability for Brad Stevens and the team, the guard has voiced his opinions vocally to the media after games and after a tough loss against the Los Angeles Clippers the guard sounded off and this time he called out head coach Brad Stevens.

What I was able to find is the comments below, keep in mind that is not his full statement post game.

“Everything,” he said. “We should have won this game. We should have won [Sunday] night [in Phoenix]. We can’t be experimenting in Game 63.”

Added Thomas: “It’s just the way we lost tonight was unacceptable. We lost the game in the last 15 minutes of the game. We played a really good game up until the last 15 minutes. And that’s the players’ fault, the coaches’ fault, that’s everybody in this locker room’s fault. We could have done a lot better.”

There was an audio piece that had IT saying he sometimes lets Brad Stevens coach, wasn’t able to find the audio or text as it was on the radio. But he may have said that as well.

That being said the actual quote text above is enough to cause concern, Stevens was without Al Horford and Jonas Jerebko against the Clippers forcing him to change up his lineups. The fact is sure IT can hold others accountable if he can hold himself accountable, but  to say you shouldn’t experiment in game 63 is utterly ridiculous considering what Stevens had to work with and balance players who couldn’t play.

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Apr 8, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) looks on during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Celtics beat the Pistons 113-103. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Yes having Jordan Mickey out there in the fourth is not ideal, but you can’t use Horford or Jerebko. Clearly IT was mad, and he should be. But throwing your coach under the bus for something like this is preposterous and he has not earned the right to make a comment like this. Thomas is not LeBron James, he has not won a title, or even come close in his entire career.

Stevens told Brain Scalabrine to not put a lot of thought into IT’s comments as Thomas came right to Stevens after he made the comments to apologize. Of course Brad has to say that to keep control of his locker room, but Thomas is beginning to create a pattern of speaking out with the media, just the night before in the teams last second loss to the Suns Thomas once again voiced his thoughts and instead of taking ownership of the last second turnover he decided to throw fellow Celtic Jae Crowder under the bus saying Jae held onto the ball too long.

Somethings are meant to be in private, and Thomas needs to be aware of that. Comments like the ones after the Clippers game might make Danny Ainge weary of giving Thomas that max contract he desperately wants. But if they are as they say fine with it, then they should have traded for Demarcus Cousins who the argument for not wanting was his troublesome personality. Don’t read that wrong though, Thomas is not Cousins, but he is as vocal.


If you still voice on Thomas’s side though you may want to hear ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith who made a comment on First Take that Thomas should be playing 37 minutes a game instead of the 34 he is averaging. Now how would Smith even know something like that you may ask, it is because someone likely in Thomas’s camp told Stephen A. that information.

The issue I have with this is if you go off in the media about losing which is a good thing, but behind closed doors your are complaining about minutes which is not a good thing. The difference is one is about winning games (good) and the other is a more personal selfish reason (bad).

In conclusion Thomas should take a look in the mirror when he throws his coaches and teammates under the bus, it hasn’t been all sunshine and daisy’s out of him since the NBA trade deadlined.

6 Games 11-34 FG 32% 6-20 3PT FG 30% 15-22 FT 68% 7 AST 2 steals 44 points -10 +/-

Obviously this isn’t a very popular with Celtics fans as they are treating IT like he is somehow transcended into Larry Bird, leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Editors Note: After writing this post IT had this to say about his comments after the game.

Still doesn’t get him completely off the hook, but at least he is holding himself somewhat accountable for his actions.

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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Celtics Loss To Cavs Meaningless For The Moment

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The Boston Celtics were handed a blowout loss at home on Sunday at the Garden by LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sunday’s blowout was drowned out by Paul Pierce‘s #34 being raised into the rafters post-game, but even 24 hours later the loss’s long-term impact is still very unclear. Reason for the lack of clarity is that the Cavaliers showcased their brand new lineup on Sunday with no real gameplan other than playing basketball and running the ball through James. For the Celtics, they had no idea how to prepare for this Cavs team with no video available to prepare for the game.

With no video, Brad Stevens and company was delegated to shooting off the hip and having his squad ill-prepared for a highly important Sunday game. Of course, the team’s lack of preparation is troubling from a big picture perspective. But in the moment it is hard to blame though.

Boston’s lack of competitiveness in this particular game can be attributed to seeing essentially a new team for the first time. There play over the last couple of weeks has been highly troubling. Boston had a barn burner of a month in December but since then they have looked out of sync and seem to be playing less than 100%.

The best Boston has looked in 2018 came when the team as a whole stepped up in the absence of Kyrie Irving for a few games in January. But the team hasn’t played a full game which is something that Al Horford admitted after Sunday’s loss.

Coach Stevens made a comment earlier in the season about not stepping off the gas at this particular point in the season. But it appears the team hasn’t heeded his warning as they look at rebound and get back on the right track.

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Who Is The More Iconic #34 In Boston? David Ortiz Or Paul Pierce?

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A player who donned the number 34 jersey is having his number retired in his honor on Sunday. The player happens to be Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce who wore the number during his Celtics tenure. But Pierce played much of his carrer in Boston, a town that happens to have another player with the number 34 that was also retired.

The other player is former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz whose number 34 jersey was retired by Boston this past season.

So while both are legendary in their own rights with potential hall of fame careers, who is the more iconic? When I say the number 34 who do you think of?

Well, the tale of the tape might be simple. Ortiz led the Red Sox to 3 World Series titles and helped the franchise win its first title in 86 seasons. Pierce, on the other hand, holds one NBA title to his name with it coming back in 2008 when his Celtics team brought home the franchises 17th NBA Championship.

But looking at it in a simple numbers to numbers perspective simply isn’t fair to either player. Basketball and baseball are two completely different sports. Both are legends in Boston and their meaning to the city and the fans hold a lasting impact. For that reason I leave it up to you, the readers to determine who is the more iconic #34. Ortiz or Pierce?

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Boston Celtics Trade Talk Quiet At The Moment As Former Players Move Around

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Ahead of the NBA trade deadline the Boston Celtics have remained relatively quiet from all accounts. Of course Danny Ainge is doing his due diligence by looking into every possible avenue, but for now, Boston is staying put according to a report by Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

Just because the Celtics are being quiet doesn’t mean players with connections to the team aren’t moving around.

Earlier on Thursday Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder who were traded this offseason were both traded out of Cleveland to the Los Angeles Lakers. Another name connected to Boston is former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins who is now a favorite to land into one of Clevland’s open roster spots according to reports.

In the Eastern Conference, the only team with playoff hopes to really shake up their rosters was Cleveland. Washington, Milwaukee, and Toronto all stayed relatively quiet.

Boston’s deal with Greg Monroe is expected to be official shortly with the team also expected to be “highly” active in the buyout market.

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