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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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Reviewing Boston Celtics Trade For Irving

The Boston Celtics traded for Kyrie Irving on Tuesday. This trade sent a shockwave through the Celtics fan base and throughout the entire NBA community.

Irving is a 25-year-old point guard with two years left on his deal with the third year being a player option.

In exchange for Irving, the Celtics sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 18 Nets pick to Cleveland. Many will debate if this is indeed a good trade, or even makes the Celtics better.

But in terms of Irving and Isaiah, their stats tell similar stories. But with term left on his deal, a younger age of 4 years, and growth potential, Irving over Thomas is a smart pick in terms of the future.

Losing Crowder isn’t a big deal. Boston already has Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum locked up at that position.

Zizic is still a big man prospect but left a lot to be desired in Celtics Summer League action. The real question here is the Net’s pick. The 18 Brooklyn pick is a reason to be concerned with no restrictions on it. On paper, the Net’s are a better team than they were last year.

But losing the Net’s pick means that Boston has lost their largest trading pick. One could argue Ainge should have included a Tatum or a Brown before the Net’s pick. Because of the Net’s pick, symbolized a potential to land a big man superstar like Anthony Davis.

But when it comes down to it, getting Irving was real, Davis? Not so much.

Ainge made the smart play for the long term on a player that seems committed to staying in Boston. If I were in his shoes, this move is a no brainer. It is easy to get sentimental about Thomas.

IT helped turn Boston into a contender and his personality fit right in. His play style, attitude, and the way Celtics fans showed their love and support for him after losing his sister in the playoffs will go down as one of the most emotional times in Boston sports. By no means should trading Thomas mean that we should degrade him as a player. Thomas is a top 5 guard in the NBA, an all-star, and an MVP type player.

But when it comes to sports, business is king.

Thank you IT.

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Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas stands by himself during team introductions before a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

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Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

Late Tuesday night, Danny Ainge addressed the media with a fiscally callous tone. On this conference call, Ainge expanded on the complicated circumstances regarding the acquisition of superstar Kyrie Irving. There was a certain steady melancholy to Ainge’s voice that betrayed the truth. This was not an easy trade to make for the veteran Celtics general manager.

Isaiah Thomas (the little guy), Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic now play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. And barring a trade so does the Nets 1st round selection in the 2018 draft. Ainge stammered when trying to communicate the misgivings he had with trading those players. But it was a well-weighted decision. He added, “at the same time we got one of the best offensive players in the league.”

Certainly, letting go of a franchise-face like Isaiah Thomas is a recalcitrant option to flesh out in the war room. Celtics management really ruminated on the trade proposal, before pulling the trigger.

Danny Ainge disclosed to the media members on the conference call that “this deal was not available a month ago.” According to the Celtics GM, the C’s had been in deliberations with the Cavaliers for quite a while. It’s safe to conjecture that the two teams had been aggressively spitballing with each other for the nearly the entire offseason.

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