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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 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.

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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)

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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.

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