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Connelly Top 10 – Boston Celtics Tough to Watch



Connelly Top 10 – Boston Celtics Tough to Watch

1. Celtics Playoffs –

* Got punched in the mouth and hid under the bed

* Marcus Smart one of the worst game in playoff history – 8 turnovers / 2-9 shooting / MINUS 19 (told you a while ago to get rid of him – just like I said Rondo)

* Knew it was going to be a long game when Doris Burke was introduced as the color person

* Does Smart look fat

* Crazy unit Brad put on the floor in the first quarter – taking out Crowder who was hot for the first time

* Celtics were down 17 in the first game / 14 in the second / 26 in the third

2. Red Sox –

* One way or another I’m blaming Farrell for costing Steven Wright his career

* You cannot under any circumstance let Machado hit a home run – never mind three

* Sox are 17% through the season on pace to win 87 games

3. Ted Williams at age 38

* Intentionally walked 33 times

* Hit 388

* Walked 119 / Struck out 43

4. Top ten Sox prospects from after the GM traded everyone:

*Devers, Groome, Travis, Dalbec, Hernandez, Chatham, Lakins, Ockimey, Chavis, Johnson

5. Celtics next year – Horford $28mm / next four paid players Bradley, Zeller, Thomas, Crowder = $29.7mm

6. Hoops hype ranked every NBA player – Celtics starters – Isaiah 11 / Horford 36 / Crowder 46 (Hayward 22) / Avery Bradley 63 / Amir 166

7. Amazing Stat – 35 time NBA players have scored at least 50 points in a playoff game:

* Michael Jordan eight times

* Sleepy Floyd once

* Celtics – Cousy twice / Sam Jones / Havlicek / Thomas

8. Old School – Quarterback Bobby Layne was 3-1 in the playoffs despite the below numbers:

* 12 interceptions / 1 TD pass

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Famous pilots:

* Red Baron

* Wright Brothers

* Charlies Lindbergh

* Emelia Earhart

* Sully Sullinger

* Jimmy Doolittle

* Jim Backus in it’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

* Maverick

10. Randomocity

* Top Ten – we zip in – we zip out

* Cardinal best New England bird

* Clams in a clam chowder are fourth on the list of important ingredients – broth must be thick, potato, ground pepper, then clams

* convicted no

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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Reviewing Celtics Trade For Irving



Reviewing Boston Celtics Trade For Irving

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



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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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Sully Is Back To Give His Take On The Irving Trade



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