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Boston Celtics Defeat The Chicago Bulls And Move Onto The Second Round Of The NBA Playoffs To Face Washington Wizards

In game 6 of the first round of the playoffs, the Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 105-83. The C’s were led by stellar efforts with Avery Bradley leading the team in scoring with 23 points. Al Horford also had a nice game with 12 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.

With the win, the Celtics have officially come back to beat the Bulls after starting the series out 0-2 having won each of their four past games. Moving on means playing a different opponent. The one the Celtics will face in round two is fairly familiar with them.

Late in the fourth quarter, it was solidified that the Celtics would play the Washington Wizards in round two of the playoffs, a team that they have had some bad blood with in the past. Game 1 of that series is set to tip off Sunday at 1 pm in Boston. Tickets are available on celtics.com.

Television broadcasts from here on out will be on National channels with CSNNE no longer carrying the games. But pre and postgame will still be offered on CSNNE to give Celtics fans with some hometown coverage.

One Goal In Boston Is To Win A Title, But Dealing With A Family Matter Comes First

With this being Brad Stevens first playoff series win as a coach in the NBA he has but one goal for his team going forward and that is adding another banner to the rafters in the Garden.

“There’s only one goal in Boston,” says Brad Stevens. “There’s 17 banners hanging above us. We only go for one goal there.”

Before the Boston Celtics play game 1 against the Wizards they will have some more important things to attend to. It was announced that star guard Isaiah Thomas would be traveling directly after the game in Chicago to Washington for his sister’s funeral on Saturday. Joining IT on the trip will be several members of the Celtics front office and coaching staff along with any player that wants to join their teammate.

After the series win over the Bulls Stevens made it clear that Saturday is way more important than game 1 on Sunday.

“Tomorrow’s a lot more important than Sunday (Game 1).”

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with IT and his family. What he has been able to do so far has been remarkable. Game 1 on Sunday is going to be an interesting one with no real prep time as a team. Would not be shocked if we see a slow start to this series as well.

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 Better and the Best

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Well if this wasn’t the worst week in Boston Sports history then I don’t what is. Now that I think of it, this month of October has arguably been the worst month ever, for Boston fans. The Sox are done, the Pats are neck-and-neck with the Jets in the AFC East and the Celtics are currently 0-2. There’s just no salvation to be found!

By now, all of us have fully absorbed the magnitude of Gordon Hayward’s injury. And the prognosis will certainly not put a smile on your face, nor will the trajectory of this Celtics team, as they are still searching for their first win. If that’s not frustrating enough for you, Marcus Smart is out for tonight’s game with an ankle injury.

Man, New England is in dire need of a pick-me-up. Have no fear. I am here to answer the call.

Rather than doing another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (where I mostly enumerate the worst things in Boston Sports) let’s do something a little more positive. This city needs a big injection of enthusiasm and I’ve come to provide it.

It’s time for the first ever (and probably only) edition of The Good, the Better and the Best.

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Gordon Hayward Likely Out For Season, Celtics Looking For Answers

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Not a shock, but it is looking like Gordon Hayward‘s season is over.

After the completion of his surgery in Boston on Wednesday night, it was being reported that Hayward would likely miss the entire season with his ankle injury.

According to Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein Hayward is unlikely to return this season, but that he is expected to ” make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form.”

Of course, there is the chance he returns in some type of playoff-bound scenario, but that thought has to be a long ways away. For the moment it is important to figure out what this team can do this season without an all-star forward in the mix.

This will mean added pressure to superstar guard Kyrie Irving and the longest tenured Celtic Marcus Smart. Even without Hayward this Celtics team still should be in the top of the Eastern Conference conversation like they were last season. They are essentially last years team now with a better point guard.

There will be an overreliance on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. But if those two young players can pull through you could see a Celtics team that could be set up better over the long haul than if Hayward was healthy.

Unfortunately for Brad Stevens and company the Boston Celtics have opened their campaign 0-2 and will now look to find themselves moving forward.

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The “Green” Lining

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Not to understate the solemnity of Gordon Hayward‘s injury, but the Boston Celtics are going to be just fine.

Saying, that without one player, the C’s are done for presupposes that this team is short on talent. It’s not.

When a newly acquired superstar goes down, it’s hard for fans to manufacture any positivity. Especially when such a thing happens during the first quarter of the season-opener. But let’s try to take a look at the implications of Hayward’s injury, without myopic jumpiness.

The 2017-18 season is very far from over for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward dislocating his ankle did not fracture Boston’s playoff hopes.

There are a few reassuring abstractions to be made from the box score of Tuesday night’s game, in which Hayward suffered the gruesome left leg injury.

Yes, the C’s lost to the Cavs 99-102, but this team passionately competed. And they mustered up the resolve to do so with one of their best players being escorted to the hospital.

This fact alone suggests that there are guys on this team who are willing, and able, to attempt to fill Gordon Hayward’s Nikes.

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