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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 Better and the Best

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Well if this wasn’t the worst week in Boston Sports history then I don’t what is. Now that I think of it, this month of October has arguably been the worst month ever, for Boston fans. The Sox are done, the Pats are neck-and-neck with the Jets in the AFC East and the Celtics are currently 0-2. There’s just no salvation to be found!

By now, all of us have fully absorbed the magnitude of Gordon Hayward’s injury. And the prognosis will certainly not put a smile on your face, nor will the trajectory of this Celtics team, as they are still searching for their first win. If that’s not frustrating enough for you, Marcus Smart is out for tonight’s game with an ankle injury.

Man, New England is in dire need of a pick-me-up. Have no fear. I am here to answer the call.

Rather than doing another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (where I mostly enumerate the worst things in Boston Sports) let’s do something a little more positive. This city needs a big injection of enthusiasm and I’ve come to provide it.

It’s time for the first ever (and probably only) edition of The Good, the Better and the Best.

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Gordon Hayward Likely Out For Season, Celtics Looking For Answers

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Not a shock, but it is looking like Gordon Hayward‘s season is over.

After the completion of his surgery in Boston on Wednesday night, it was being reported that Hayward would likely miss the entire season with his ankle injury.

According to Hayward’s agent Mark Bartelstein Hayward is unlikely to return this season, but that he is expected to ” make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form.”

Of course, there is the chance he returns in some type of playoff-bound scenario, but that thought has to be a long ways away. For the moment it is important to figure out what this team can do this season without an all-star forward in the mix.

This will mean added pressure to superstar guard Kyrie Irving and the longest tenured Celtic Marcus Smart. Even without Hayward this Celtics team still should be in the top of the Eastern Conference conversation like they were last season. They are essentially last years team now with a better point guard.

There will be an overreliance on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. But if those two young players can pull through you could see a Celtics team that could be set up better over the long haul than if Hayward was healthy.

Unfortunately for Brad Stevens and company the Boston Celtics have opened their campaign 0-2 and will now look to find themselves moving forward.

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The “Green” Lining

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Not to understate the solemnity of Gordon Hayward‘s injury, but the Boston Celtics are going to be just fine.

Saying, that without one player, the C’s are done for presupposes that this team is short on talent. It’s not.

When a newly acquired superstar goes down, it’s hard for fans to manufacture any positivity. Especially when such a thing happens during the first quarter of the season-opener. But let’s try to take a look at the implications of Hayward’s injury, without myopic jumpiness.

The 2017-18 season is very far from over for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward dislocating his ankle did not fracture Boston’s playoff hopes.

There are a few reassuring abstractions to be made from the box score of Tuesday night’s game, in which Hayward suffered the gruesome left leg injury.

Yes, the C’s lost to the Cavs 99-102, but this team passionately competed. And they mustered up the resolve to do so with one of their best players being escorted to the hospital.

This fact alone suggests that there are guys on this team who are willing, and able, to attempt to fill Gordon Hayward’s Nikes.

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