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Connelly Top Ten – Celtics Bitc* Slapped

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Connelly Top Ten – Celtics Bitc* Slapped


1. This is the Playoffs Right?

* If I was Brad Stevens I would show Kevin McHale taking down Rambis video in a non-ending loop in the locker room

* At one point Lebron turned his back on the whole defense dribbled around like he was at shoot around and then ran to the hoop and laid it in – no one did anything

* He embarrassed your best player Thomas – wagging his finger at him and no one did anything

* Lebron getting to the hoop for layups was really embarrassing – he has to be knocked down 20 times
* Twice players fouled him and patted him on the backside – Smart and Green

* This has to be war – set a tone

* Team taking on their coach’s persona – soft

* The walked out  on the floor glad to be there

 

2. This is why you can’t give Isaiah $30,000,000 a year:

* He couldn’t get his shot off

* He not only gets posted up but gets beat off the dribble too which is all about effort (Watch Spud Webb and Mugsy Bogues on small guys playing effective defense)

* First offensive possession he got trapped in the corner and turned the ball over to start the game
* Defensively – his man took him to the basked twice in a row to start the game

 

3. Danny Ainge
* He had three years to do something about Tristan Thompson – failure
* You need to change the roster in the offseason – get rid of Zeller, Jerebko, Kelly (trade him), Young, and you need a big tough bastard

 

4. Brad Stevens

* After playing against Cleveland 12 times – that’s your defensive scheme – call Rex Ryan and get some creativity

* Really Brad you went to Zeller early in the game – did something change from last time TristanThompson ragdolled him

 

5. Other Celtics

* Horford threw up on Dean Wormer again – he was so scared that he was dribbling to the basket for an open layups and passing it off to he corners

* Jaylen Brown showed something but I’m not sure if has the highest basketball IQ – I know he got into U California but at one point he left a man in the paint with the ball to cover a guy in the corner – ugh dunk
* I give Bradley credit trying to dunk on Lebron – Horford was too busy fixing his Depends
* James Young looks like the most dis-interested player in sports
* Kelly’s run is over – Kelly Green was mold – should never played him after Game 7 and maintained his trade value

 

6. Defense
* You have to – HAVE TO! MAKE THIS A STREET FIGHT

* You gotta give Lebron the threes – take away the corners and compress the middle
* Please don’t run at Kevin Love when he is shooting a three – he’ll lean into you and take the free throws

* Mix in some zone – two men on Lebron and play a triangle behind him – do something!

* Has Kevin Love and Lebron ever been punched in the face and responded – you better find out

 

7. LeBron
* The most contrived superstar in sports history – ooh my ankle
* He whines on every call – get in his face when he’s talking to the ref
* We need Don Corleone to slap every Celtic (Johnny Fontane) who let him get to hoop and yell “be a man”
* Fuc*ing compete for crying out loud (Watch a Piston’s Bad Boys game or something)

 

8 .TNT
* No Barkley stinks
* Reggie Miller is already talking about the finals against Golden State (he isn’t wrong) and what a great experience for the Celtics – his producers must have been screaming in his ear
* David Aldridge the sideline reporter might be the worst in sports – its like he’s coming off some sleeping pill overdose
* Chris Webber and Reggie Miller sound too much alike


9. Stats
* Three pointers ruining the sport 69 of 169 shots three pointers

 

10. Random Celtics Stuff
* Can Amir Johnson dunk?

* Tyron Lue stole Mr. Kraft’s high chair

* Green Teamers (code for pink hats) standing ovation for the home team as they are down only 20

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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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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Gordon Hayward Goes Down With Serious Injury

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Something you never want to see.

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward went down with a serious leg injury just five minutes into his Celtics career. Hayward went up for an alley-oop against the Cleveland Cavaliers and came down awkwardly on his leg.

It looked like his ankle was dislocated/fractured.

Upon suffering the injury the game was stopped with players and fans alike in complete disbelief of what had occurred. Hayward was stretchered off the court wearing an air cast on his leg.

He was brought into the Cavs locker room for further evaluation and was then going to be moved to another area of the arena.

Celtics and Cavs medical staff announced that the injury suffered by Hayward is a fractured left ankle. A quick google search pegs the timeline at six weeks for the bones to heal.

More information to come as the story develops….

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