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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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Gordon Hayward Goes Down With Serious Injury

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Something you never want to see.

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward went down with a serious leg injury just five minutes into his Celtics career. Hayward went up for an alley-oop against the Cleveland Cavaliers and came down awkwardly on his leg.

It looked like his ankle was dislocated/fractured.

Upon suffering the injury the game was stopped with players and fans alike in complete disbelief of what had occurred. Hayward was stretchered off the court wearing an air cast on his leg.

He was brought into the Cavs locker room for further evaluation and was then going to be moved to another area of the arena.

Celtics and Cavs medical staff announced that the injury suffered by Hayward is a fractured left ankle. A quick google search pegs the timeline at six weeks for the bones to heal.

More information to come as the story develops….

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Celtics Talk: The Little Guys

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The play of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will not make or break this Celtics team. Everyone knows that they’ll perform. No it’s the ancillary characters, those hard-nosed guys who have been placed on the backburner, that will make the difference for Boston during the upcoming 2017-18 season.

This past summer was charged with controversy and pandemonium, following some massive moves made by Danny Ainge and his subordinates. Dishing out well-groomed fan favorites to teams manifold, Boston felt like the nexus of offseason activity in the NBA.

Many Celtics fans still harbor some reproach, regarding the unfamiliarity of this team. But I assure you that there is still exists that “Tommy Point” foundation, which the Celtics will look to for a foothold when the going gets tough. These are the individuals that will dictate the trajectory of this team’s season.    

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TV And Live Stream Info: Boston Celtics Kick Off Season In Cleveland

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One of the most interesting sports teams in the City of Boston over the last couple of months has been the Boston Celtics. They have been this without even playing a single regular season game. But that all changes on Tuesday night in Cleveland.

The reason for this interestingness that surrounds them is simple. The NBA offseason.

In the offseason, the Boston Celtics made a flurry of deals and signings highlighted by the drafting of Jayson Tatum, the signing of Gordon Hayward, and the trade for Kyrie Irving. These three moves highlighted an offseason for Danny Ainge that could go down in history. With only Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, and Jaylen Brown returning to the team it looks to be a very different Celtics team on and off the court.

Heading into their regular season opener on Tuesday night they are one of the favorites to win it all. But before they win a championship they will need to prove that they can play well together and compete against the leagues best. Fortunately for Coach Stevens and the Celtics, they will have an opportunity to get a look at the leagues best to open the season.

With the C’s playing the Cavaliers comes a number of storylines, but here are the best.

  • Irving’s return to Cleveland
  • Irving v. LeBron James
  • Isaiah Thomas against the Celtics
  • Chemistry between the Celtics starting five
  • How will Stevens use his new players and what will the rotations look like.
  • Cavs vs Celtics

The last point is the most important one of them all. When it comes down to it these two teams, in theory, are the best in the Eastern Conference. They will likely have plenty of battles over the course of the NBA season and could be the two teams that make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Whatever happens for the 2018 Celtics starts on Tuesday at 8 pm, but for now, it is shaping up to be a memorable and exciting season in Boston.

Broadcast Information:

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

TV: TNT

Live Stream: Watch TNT

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