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Boston Celtics Take Down LeBron James And The Cleveland Cavaliers In Game 3 And Shock The World

When everyone counted them out, the Boston Celtics roared back and refused to bow down to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Heading into game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals all the talk was saying the Celtics would get leveled by the Cavs, even more so after it was announced that All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas would be unable to go for Boston for the remainder of the post-season.

But with everyone dismissing their talents, the Celtics defeated the Cavaliers to the tune of 111-108 on the road in Cleveland behind a miracle last second 3-point shot by defensive minded guard Avery Bradley who netted the three ball with .1 left on the clock.

The Celtics were down by as much as 21-points in the second-half having to overcome a scoreboard that read 77-56 before they mounted one of the historic franchises epic playoff comebacks in its history.

Marcus Smart finished with 27 points on 7-of-10 3-point shooting. Game 4 will be Tuesday night in Cleveland before the series moves back to Boston for Game 5 Thursday.

“When it’s a big moment, you know that kid is going to rise to the occasion. He always has,” Brad Stevens said of Smart.

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The win narrows Cleveland’s lead to 2-1 in the best-of-7 series and snaps Cleveland’s 13-game record-tying playoff win streak.

Quote of the Night: Kelly Olynyk on Jonas Jerebko’s big night: “He was just happy that Sweden won the world hockey championship. Thought he was on the squad.”

The Boston Celtics will be back for game 4 on Tuesday night in Cleveland.

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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Boston Celtics Starting Lineup Possibly Revealed

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The Boston Celtics kick off their highly anticipated season on Tuesday against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Many speculate these two teams to be the best teams in the entire Eastern Conference. This opening night game should provide plenty of drama including the return of Kyrie Irving to Cleveland.

Irving in the starting lineup is as expected, but on Sunday Celtics coach Brad Stevens revealed what could be the opening night starting 5.

1  Kyrie Irving

2 Jaylen Brown

3 Gordon Hayward

4 Jayson Tatum

5 Al Horford

Now that is a starting five that many Boston Celtics fans have to feel good about. It features the “Big 3” along with two young players who have the potential to be stary worthy in their own right. This lineup also means the new and improved Marcus Smart will be the 6th man off the bench and everyone else coming behind him.

Some injury news hit the team on Sunday though with Stevens stating that forward Marcus Morris would miss about 10 days or so with general knee soreness.

You have to wonder about the condition of Morris. He came into camp late due to his court case with his brother. And once he arrived he was admittedly out of shape and had to work back into basketball condition. Obviously a different situation but so far he is drawing similarities to how David Lee came into camp a few seasons ago.

But when speaking with the media Morris has said all the right things and has the potential to be an impact player for Boston once he finds his way back to the court.

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Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum Has “Truth” To The Hype

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Jayson Tatum Could Be The Real Deal

The Celtics may have the next Paul Pierce on their hands, in rookie small forward Jayson Tatum. You have probably heard this by now. There’s a preponderance of ambitious comparisons being thrown around. Even Pierce himself has given this promising youngster his valuable endorsement. And well, how can you argue with that?

When a venerated legend, like Paul Pierce, admits that he sees elements of his game in a rookie, it’s okay to be excited. Especially when that rookie is wearing green. Danny Ainge would be absolutely over the moon if his 2017 first-rounder, Jayson Tatum, is able to translate any of this hype into success.

The only question: Is there any “Truth” to the hype?

Apples and Apple Seeds

Jayson Tatum – 6’8” 205lb forward who plays like an undersized center. The Celtics must have seen some inconspicuous talent in this 19-year-old, as they controversially selected him 3rd overall in this year’s draft. Bear in mind that they traded down, from the first pick, to select what was said to be “their guy” with the third.

Boston saw a protest in the streets when this trade was announced. The formidable evaluators on the Celtics staff had to have been unwaveringly sold on this kid. If you take the time to put him under a microscope, it’s easy to see why the C’s were so confident in their “questionable” move.

Tatum only played one year of collegiate D-1 basketball. Given the contemporary stipulations of the CBA, he entered the NBA as soon as he possibly could have. Some may guffaw at the idea of an inexperienced teenager being effective going up against grown men, but the numbers don’t lie.

As a freshman at Duke, Jayson Tatum’s stats were very comparable to Paul Pierce’s stats with Kansas.

Pierce averaged 16.4 PPG and 6.3 REB’s, over the course of his 3 seasons with the Jayhawks. Tatum put up 16.8 PPG, coupled with an impressive 7.3 rebounds per contest, in his only NCAA season. That’s a tick better than Paul Pierce’s college career totals, and it was only Tatum’s first year!

Jayson Tatum also has a selfless inclination to facilitate; his passing is efficient and beyond his age, bordering on clairvoyant. Celtics Head Coach, Brad Stevens, has given him similar compliments in regards to his defensive play. The kid has NBA ready basketball intelligence and he is greatly attuned to the game.

Similar to Paul Pierce’s approach, Tatum’s performance on the court derives from his durable and calloused frame. He bodies people; he pivots with his shoulders to create room, then he decides what the most mathematically sound decision is.

If you go back and watch Paul Pierce, you’ll see that he also knew how to carve out space within double-teams. He never had speed. Pierce had size, but he didn’t have transcendent size. He simply knew how to use his body. This is exactly what Tatum has predicated his basketball career on.  

During the 2017 NBA preseason, Jayson Tatum has shone resplendently, like the future star that he is. Brad Stevens has been giving him just about 23 minutes per scrimmage. When surrounded by a newly-formed super team that’s still trying to stimulate cohesion with each other, that’s not much time. Despite his limited minutes, Jayson Tatum has averaged 8.2 PPG and a little over 4 REB’s. And speaking of cohesion, he’s run the court well with the first-stringers. Tatum has not appeared to be overwhelmed, at all, with the role that he’s been given.

Same Tools, Different Job

Although the resemblance that Jayson Tatum bears to Paul Pierce is undeniably visible, their respective rookie roles will be very different.

When the Celtics drafted Paul Pierce, the team was a reclamation project in deep rebuilding-mode. Therefore a significant portion of the 1998-99 team’s minutes was allocated to the young superstar. He averaged 34 minutes per game, in his first season. Whereas Tatum will presumably be looking at 15-20.

He’ll be competing with more developed teammates, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris, for a time at the forward position. That’s not a bad problem to have; the C’s are stacked with gifted 3’s and 4’s. Brad Stevens happens to be one of the best coaches when it comes to cultivating young talent. So it’s safe to say that Tatum will not be lost in this gauntlet of meritocracy.

As Paul Pierce noted when comparing himself to Tatum, the kid’s drive will ultimately dictate his success in this league. He’s surely not going to be a featured starter right from the get-go. But it seems like he has the resolve to work his tail off, under Stevens’ guidance. With that being said, Celtics fans should get a pretty revealing glimpse at Jayson Tatum’s potential, during the 2017-18 season.

Boston is not asking him to be their Paul Pierce, their franchise, at least not at the moment. But his ability, his basketball IQ, and his physicality suggest that he may have just what it takes to become that type of special player.

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2017 Boston Celtics, Everything Is Awesome

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“Everything is awesome, everything is cool when your part of a team”

That line that song is the definition of what the 2017 Boston Celtics are at this time. Everyone from fans to the media have been pumping this team up like everything is perfect. Every story seems to be saying that every player is set on having career years and there aren’t any issues outside of the need for a big man.

Now the purpose of this piece isn’t to say the new Celtics team will suck. But to say they have no issues is a disastrous way that could set the team up for failure. How will the rotations work? Will Brad Stevens shorten up his 10 man rotations? In the past, he has run with a deeper bench. But now with real star players Stevens should shorten up his rotation.

Other questions are which players earn minutes. What role will Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have? Will Marcus Smart earn a long-term contract, or is this it for him?

How will the personalities work? There are a ton of new interesting dynamics that Brad Stevens will have to deal with. In terms of playing basketball the Celtics still have an issue in the rebounding department and defensively they are going to have issues.

The 2017 Celtics are not perfect, nor should they be. The hype around the team is real and big with true superstars entering the fold. There are plenty of questions that need answering and it is important to temper expectations.

This team will be good, but their potential won’t be known till later in the season. Don’t judge them on their first 40 or so games, wait and watch for the back half of the season, the part where Champions are defined.

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