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Connelly 10 – Didn’t See That Coming

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Connelly 10 – Didn’t See That Coming:

1. Celtics Playoffs –

GAME 3 –

* Reason why not to bet reason #6,241,321

* Are you kidding me – even when up late I didn’t believe they would win

* I know Cavs are more aggressive but 36 Cavs free throws to 12 for the Celtics is unacceptable – Stevens has to put down his GI Joe and pick up a Tech

* Cavs had the three best players in the game – Lebron, Irving and Love

* Poor Rozier got the Depends award

* 79 three pointers / 82 two pointers (that’s not good for the league)

* How many free looks are you going to give Love

* Celtics won and Amir Johnson was a MINUS 15 in NINE minutes

* Jerebko leading the fighting Wyc’s – PLUS 22

* That’s how to man up! Just fight boys

* You can’t let Irving get to the rim

* Does a game on Sunday really have to start at 8:30 at night

* So much for punk JR Smith and his broom

GAME 2 –

* Has to be the worst playoff loss in SPORTS history

* Cleveland took their manhood from them – and as a result the city of Boston

* Wyc Grousbeck should pull a Mayor Menino and apologize to the city

* Avery Bradley soft layup allowing Lebron to come from behind to block the shot – is what Avery all about (trade him and his injury prone game in the offseason) – he’s no James Posey

* JR Smith was taunting fans simulating sweeping a broom

2. Red Sox

* Pitchers not available – Price, Wright, Carson Smith, Thornburg

* Moreland has 21 extra base hits and 17 singles

* With a quarter of the season done – only Bogaerts has more than one triple on the entire team

* Third basemen for the Sox are hitting .211 and on a Butch Hobson-like pace of 52 errors

* Sox are 9-15 at night

3. Update on Farrell vs. Francona since Tito left:

* Farrell…….332-310 / .517 ($881m in payroll)

* Francona – 374-333 / .544 ($432mm in payroll)

4. Mom and Dad’s hide your boys: It’s that time of the year – baseball tournament. This is when coach’s urgency to win usurps consideration of his players’ arms manifesting itself in higher pitcher counts: From DIII college regional tournament:

Worcester State – Tyler Barrie – 150 pitches

U Mass Boston – Matt Tulley – 148 pitches

St. Scholastica – Martin Alconverde – 148 pitches

5. Coach of the Year and MVP when they played

·Frank Robinson

·Joe Torre

·Don Baylor

·Patrick Roy

·Larry Bird

6. For those who follow soccer – Harry Kane of Tottenham had 7 goals in his last two games to win the Golden Boot in the English Premier

7. Amazing Stat – Pawtucket payroll on Friday night

·David Price….$30mm

·Panda………..$18mm

·Castillo………$18mm

·Craig…………$11mm

·Holt…………..$1.5mm

8. Old School – Celtics vs. Cavs in postseason history:

* Celtics surprisingly only 19-18

* Started 9-4 / 10-14 since

* Celtics are 4-2 in the six series

* On 5/14/76 – Cavs beat the Cowens, Silas, Jo Jo Celts 106-87 – Led by Bingo Smith’s 27 points

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Three TV shows that went out on top of Nielsen Ratings (definition.org):

* Andy Griffith

* I Love Lucy

* Seinfeld

10. Randomocity
* Whatever happened to Zip Zepper

* Sad no more circus

* How did the Charleston Chew fade?

* Great weather weekend – we’ll take it

* Great time of the year for shrubs

Michael has written for the Boston Herald and other sites in the past and his top ten column is now housed on Trifecta Sports Network. Connelly's Top Ten releases on Monday's and Friday's.

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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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