Connect with us

Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics Take Down Wizards In Game 1 After Going Down Big

Published

on

Boston Celtics Take Down Wizards In Game 1 After Going Down Big

To start game 1 against the Washington Wizards the Boston Celtics had the worst start anyone could have possibly imagined. To start the game the Wizards scored 16 unanswered points with the Celtics unable to score a point until there was only 6 and change left in the first quarter.

At one point in the first the Celtics found themselves down 17 points, but with all of this coming so early there was plenty of time for Boston to turn it around.

The Celtics rallied hard and closed the gap by half-time and even managed to draw even before the half closed with the C’s trailing 64-59. The first third quarter turned into an all Boston affair with the Celtics outscoring the Wizards to the tune of 36-16 and Boston even held a 16 point lead at one point.

The beginning of the fourth quarter is where the Wizards shifted the game back with Marcus Smart losing control of himself and turned the ball over several times before Brad Stevens sent in Jaylen Brown to play the final 6 minutes to turn the tide back into Boston’s favor and ultimately seal the victory.

When the dust settled on game 1 the Boston Celtics miraculously won 123-111 over the Wizards behind Isaiah Thomas and a supporting cast that put up enough support to help the little guy propel his team to victory.

Thomas’s story to this game continues to be tragic with Thomas flying back to Boston last night after attending his sister’s funeral out in Tacoma, Washington. Despite all the odds stacked against him, he was able to drop 33 points and 9 assists, but unlike other games this season he was able to get support from a good amount of his teammates.

Al Horford had a career type of game and was one rebound shy of a triple-double with the big man scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists with a good chunk of his points coming in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory for Boston. Another big contributor to the win was Jae Crowder who hit a number of clutch shots and ended the day with 24 points and a crazy +26 rating.

The leaders off the bench were Kelly Olynyk who was instrumental in the first half comeback by netting 12 points in the first half to get the C’s within reach. Smart who struggled late in the game and was benched still made an impact on the court and overall had an impressive defensive game for Boston.

Terry Rozier had an impact with 8 boards and Jaylen Brown who replaced Smart had several key plays in the final 6 minutes of the game including a big assist to Jae Crowder for three and a big three-pointer of his own to make it a 10 point game at the time.

Boston is now ahead in the series 1-0 and they have one more home game before heading down to D.C. with game 2 of the series taking place on Tuesday night.

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.

Boston Celtics

Reviewing Celtics Trade For Irving

Published

on

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.

Boston Celtics

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)

[rwp-review id=”0″]

Continue Reading

Boston Celtics

Danny Ainge Addresses Trade For Irving

Published

on

Boston Celtics

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.

Continue Reading

Boston Celtics

Sully Is Back To Give His Take On The Irving Trade

Published

on

Continue Reading

Most Popular

Copyright © 2017 Trifecta Network