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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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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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