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Boston Celtics Prove They Are Not That Good In Blowout Loss

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Boston Celtics Prove They Are Not That Good In Blowout Loss

The Boston Celtics had a season defining game on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and boy did they show their true colors.

With the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference up for grabs Boston got destroyed 114-91, for those of you who thought Boston had any real shot in the playoffs your hopes and dreams should be crushed right now.

For Cleveland it was actually one of their better games all year as they showed who the real King of the East is.

“Just trying to get our team right,” said Cleveland’s LeBron James. “Going down the stretch brings out the best in me.

In essentially every facet of the game the Cav’s were a better team, they made shots, rebounded, and played solid defense. Boston on the other hand played like trash.

“They were better, quicker to the ball, you name it,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “They were better in every category, and made it really tough on us. We didn’t match them.”

77 games into the season, with five to go, Boston was – on paper at least – Cleveland’s equal. But what was on display on Wednesday showed Boston isn’t even in the same zip code as Cleveland.

Let me be clear though, the  Celtics have every reason to feel good about where they are, but they just are not as far along as many Celtics fans have been led to believe.

One thing that I have been stressing is that even Brad Stevens has reminded everyone multiple times that the Celtics’ play isn’t necessarily at the same level as their record might lead one to believe. The cause of all of this confusion is a 50 win season that led people to believe they were one of the best teams in the East and had a shot at a title.

The loss to Cleveland exposed many of the flaws that have plagued the Celtics this season. When Isaiah Thomas goes to the bench, Boston has no clear No. 2 scorer who can pick up the slack, and with players like Marcus Smart not even shooting 27% from 3 and still getting 30+ minutes a game you will have a serious problems.

The Celtics are still another star away from being a title team, and even with that they will need to have better role players or improved play from their current bunch of guys.

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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