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Celtics Summer League: Tatum Real Deal, Brown Showed Major Growth

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Celtics Summer League: Tatum Real Deal, Brown Showed Major Growth

In the first game of the NBA Summer League on Monday, the Boston Celtics took down the Philadelphia 76’ers behind a game winner by Jayson Tatum.

This year’s No.3 overall pick hit the game-winning shot with 5.7 seconds to go and finished the night with 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Tatum also added 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals.

The Celtics coach for summer league action is Jerome Allen, and he had nothing but praise for Tatum post-game.

“He kind of has an old soul.”- Said Jerome Allen on Tatum after the game.

In terms of the last shot, Allen said the plan the whole time was feeding Tatum. Because he “knew he’d make the right basketball play.”

Another star on the night for the Boston Celtics was second-year player Jaylen Brown. Brown scored a game-high 29 points on the night and added 13 rebounds. Brown was an efficient shooter on the night making 10-of-16 shots including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Brown’s shot from three was smooth as silk on Monday.

“It was just his posture…it was like water flowing.” said Allen

Celtic big man Ante Zizic whose main goal will be to collect rebounds managed to scrap together 5 boards against the Sixers. Another prospect who played well was Abdel Nader who was 6-of-11 shooting the ball with 7 rebounds and 13 points for Boston.

The big storyline from this game was the battle between Tatum and No.1 overall pick Markelle Fultz. Fultz went 6-of-16 shooting with 17 points on the night. But his +/- was a brutal -12 compared to a +7 for Tatum.

This matchup will likely be well documented for years to come with Danny Ainge trading the No.1 pick to Philly for the No.3 pick and future firsts. But through round 1, it looks like Tatum has the edge.

The next Summer League game for the Boston Celtics is on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs.

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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