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Boston Celtics Legend Paul Pierce’s Legacy Lives On Ahead Of Final Game In Boston

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Boston Celtics Legend Paul Pierce‘s Legacy Lives On Ahead Of Final Game In Boston

For Jaylen Brown and his generation of players the one player that defines Boston Celtics greatness is Paul Pierce unlike the previous generations that would point to Larry Bird or John Havlicek.

Now with the Los Angeles Clippers, Pierce has said he plans to retire after this season which means Sunday’s game at the TD Garden will be the final curtain call for a player who is regarded as one of the greatest to ever don a Celtics jersey.

“When I picture the Celtics in my head, Paul Pierce is what I think of,” Brown said. “It’s going to be an exciting time, an exciting game.”

Pierce was drafted by Boston with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, is ranked among the franchise leaders in several categories. In scoring, the 10-time All-Star trails only John Havlicek. Three-pointers attempted, Three-pointers made, assists, steals, minutes played, he’s among the franchise’s all-time leaders in all those categories.

His biggest contribution was with Banner 17 in 2008 with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen helping form a Big Three that has been duplicated many times over since by teams in both conferences.

Boston’s Jae Crowder has made no secret about his displeasure in fans cheering for players on the opposing team. But when it comes to Pierce, Crowder knows they are going to show him a lot of love all game long.

Crowder loves the passion that Celtics fans seem to have for their players.

“I know exactly what he’s done for his organization,” Crowder said.  “When I grew up looking at basketball, I was looking at Paul Pierce and the Lakers go at it in the Finals. I just remember that he built a lot of good stuff we have today, with going for another banner. He got the latest one, so of course what he’s done for this organization has not gone unnoticed. I’m sure our fans will send him out the right way.”

Boston’s Marcus Smart is also among those who appreciates what Pierce did for the Celtics organization.

“Words can’t explain the things that he has done,” Smart said. “The path that he’s opened up for guys like me. His work ethic, everybody knows it. And ‘Truth,’ his name speaks for itself. He is much highly respected here and in this league. He deserves it.”

Jaylen Brown admitted to trying to imitate The Truth’s game.

“Paul Pierce is one of the greats; one of the greatest scorers,” Brown said. “He gets to that mid-range game, elbow shots, step-back fade-aways, all of that. I studied his game, watched his game; can’t wait to play against him.

Brown added, “I don’t know anybody is better than Paul Pierce at getting to their sweet spots. Paul Pierce has sweet spots on the floor and everybody knows it. If he gets there, you can’t stop him from getting there. And if he gets there and misses, it’s only on him if he misses it or not. He’s shot that shot so many times, he feels so comfortable. That’s one thing I’ve worked on, trying to find sweet spots on the floor and master it the same way Paul Pierce and some of those greats do.”

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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