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Boston Celtics And The Hype

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Boston Celtics, Will They Live Up To The Hype?

For the last couple of seasons, the Boston Celtics have been able to exceed expectations. But will the upcoming season change all of that?

For starters, this is no longer an underdog team in the Eastern Conference. In the past two off seasons, they have added the No.3 overall pick in the draft and signed one of if the not the biggest free agents on the market. Expectations headed into this season will be high. Maybe not banner 18 level, but they are getting there.

The turmoil that is surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers has been greatly overblown. Kyrie Irving might want out, but the Cavs have yet to do that and in theory, could just hold onto the star guard. Even if Irving is moved and the Cavs get some type of modest return, Cleveland will still be a good team. They have one of if not the best player in the NBA, LeBron James.

James, with or without Irving will have a strong supporting cast vying for the top spot in the East.

Boston has a starting unit highlighted by Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, and the newly acquired Gordon Hayward. Around them are a solid supporting cast in Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Jae Crowder. A lineup that will have the chance to repeat as the top seed in the East.

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Even if Boston has a great year, a lot has to happen for them to take over Cleveland as the Eastern Conferences best team. Expectations can be tough. Some will call for an East Finals win this season, but that seems like an overstep.

If the Celtics make it to the East Finals and run the series full on a team like Cleveland, will that be considered a success?

In my mind, it would be. Making it to the NBA finals is a possibility, but is a bit of a reach unless Cleveland trades Irving and gets an awful return.

For Boston, the goal should be to get better, develop the young players, and look at the following season as the load up for banner 18.

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 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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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New England is now fully immersed in the brisk whirlwind of the holiday season. This is a conflicted time for sports fans.

The threadbare traditions and awkward reunion of estranged family members only serves to interrupt our connection to our favorite teams. And it happens right when we’re in the thick of things.

How can one prioritize with so many agendas – family or sports? Surely there will come a moment when you’ll have to choose.

But do not worry. Trifecta Sports has your back.

We’re here to abbreviate all of the Boston Sports highlights so that fans can stay tuned in, all while going through the motions of the season. I promise to be even more critical and unforgiving, when eviscerating the play of New England teams.

So do your thing! Put a smile on for the family. And keep coming to Trifecta for sports news, whenever you get a free second to pretend that you’re bathroom.

You already know what this is, folks. It’s time for another perturbed installment of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Walking in Winter Wonderland Edition.

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