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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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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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