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Connelly’s Top Ten: Celtics Even, Red Sox Even with Machado, Bruins Not Even from Refs

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Celtics Even, Red Sox Even with Machado, Bruins Not Even from Refs

1. Bruins Back in the Tournament:
* I have said it all week – Bruins brass, including Cassidy, had to go “Harry Sinden” on the refs and the league – unprecedented in NHL history that a team lose on TWO overtime power play goals in same series – has to be a first (especially after Schaller had got pulled down already in OT and Pierre McGuire said that’s the standard) / Krejci knee blown up no call / Two goals taken away / no penalty shot / Methot punching people in the face and gets nothing. Neely can you do anything other than pump your fist after a goal
* Marchand’s worst game of his career – either lost the puck or his footing almost every time he touched the puck (ONE GOAL LAST TWENTY-FIVE PLAYOFF GAMES)
* Sidebar – is it bad karma to have a Chipolte ad on your ice?
* Does the Bruins alumni team have any salary cap room for Backes seeing he has four years left on his contract (they will be buying out the last two years)
* Ottawa was 6-0 at the Garden this year
* Bruins outshot them (30-29) / outhit them (42-32) / won more faceoffs (56%) / blocked more shots (16 to 8) and LOST
* How many times are the Bruins going to ice the puck
* Over $12mm for Backes, Hayes, and Beleskey – the last 36 combined games – one goal
* Looking to the offseason – things to improve on – not clearing the puck over your own glass / hitting the net with at least 40% of your shots

2. Celtics Playoffs
* Isaiah is a marvel – trade him right after the season
* Jimmy Butler free throws 23 / Celtics 22
* Smart needs to get in Butler’s head
* Bruins and Celtics are 0-5 at home this playoff series
* Isaiah’s game has to start with getting to the paint and then getting free looks outside – not the other way around
* Celtics shot 27% from three point land and won
* How is Lopez allowed to set pics by wrapping his arms around Celtics
* It appears that Brad Stevens under-utilized Gerald Green this year

3. Red Sox
* Nice job by Barnes trying to get the job done on Machado – you can’t be near the head though
* E Rodriguez threw up on Dean Wormer the three times he went after Machado’s legs
* How many times in baseball history have the first four hitters scored to start a game?
* Pedroia can’t throw his pitcher under the bus after the pitcher’s had his back
* Did I see Bogaerts wearing a Fitbit when he was playing?
* Jackie Bradley’s home run was a bomb Saturday night – urine test soon to be requested
* Benintendi 15 for his last 30

4. Sixth Round of the 2000 NFL Draft:
* Four players from the sixth round of the 2000 draft made Pro Bowls – Brady, Adalius Thomas, Marc Bulger, Neil Rackers
5. Earning your pay:

*99 NHL players played all 82 games / 17 NBA players played all 82 games

6. What’s more dangerous?
* Sitting in the Monster Seats when John “Wayback” Wasdin was pitching
* Standing behind the net when Pastrnak is shooting
* Sitting in the first row when Jae Crowder shoots
* Being a quarterback with Reggie White on the other side of Max Lane

7. Amazing Stat – Interesting stats in the Globe –
* In the NFL draft – Belichick has traded down 19 times but traded up 18 times
* The five players on the ice for the Bruins for Friday’s overtime winner were all Americans

8. Old School – These three incidents had to be dealt with:
* Wideman taking out Krejci and then talking trash to him – Chara has to take a penalty right there going after him – think Varitek fighting ARod and how that turned 2004 around
* Machado taking out Pedroia – I was sick to my stomach watching Steven Wright dancing a knuckler up to the plate and Machado gets a base hit – thank God they went after him Sunday
* Rondo trying to trip Crowder – can’t happen – Crowder has to get in his face

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Names, phrases and places every good Boston fan should no
* Margo Adams
* Parry Sound
* “Dippsy Doo”
* “Mercy”
* 199
* Blue
* Cardiac Kids (to dream the impossible dream)
* Do your job / it is what it is
* Heartbreak Hill
* Snowplow

10. Randomocity
* Will Audi get a rebate – they sponsor each Bruins goal
* What is slanting the opinion of NFL scouts’ on Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey – that he is smaller or white?
* Hate that the Patriots have six-night games this fall
* If the NHL only has one timeout – why does basketball need so many – give them one a half
* Jerry Remy must be grumpy having to stay after games for the post-game show
* Sunday Sports on TV – English Soccer FA Cup at 9:30 / Red Sox at 1:30 / Bruins at 3:00 / Celtics at 6:30
* Will Howard allow Chuck to go to Joanie’s funeral?
* My odds that David Price gets surgery 65-35 – which means he has already missed 3 months of recovery. Don’t plan on seeing a winning game out of him until 2019.
* Scientists marched on Washington Saturday – in other news Staples stores in the nation’s capital have run out of pocket protectors

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Kyrie Irving Wants To Win Without LeBron James

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Newly minted Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving had a public fallout with LeBron James. This fallout caused Irving to request a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers and ended up getting him to Boston.

In his first media appearance as a Celtic, he took to ESPN’s First Take to tackle a number of issues including LeBron James. In regards to James, Irving doesn’t care about the future hall of famers feelings and didn’t even tell him he wanted out of “Believeland”.

Smith: “Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you or your representatives met with ownership to let them know that you wanted out?”

Irving: “No.”

Smith: “Why not?”

Irving: “Why would I have to?”

Smith: “If you don’t speak to someone about it, they might take it personally.”

Irving: “Yeah.”

Smith: “Do you care about that at all?”

Irving: “No.”

When Irving requested out of Cleveland the Cavs handled the situation poorly and leaked the request to members of the media. For that, Irving was even more at ends with them.

“I felt like the timing was impeccable if you ask me,” Irving explained. “I think how ironic it was that I was on my China trip and how my trade rumors all of a sudden just came out publicly. And it was hurtful because I knew how professional I had kept it throughout the whole entire process, and how strategic it was. Because I knew it was going to be madness, and it turned out to be like that. And when you’re living in a reality-based (world) and I’m a very awake individual and you have all these exterior forces trying to change or skew everyone else’s opinion, and I’m not able to say anything, and I’m sitting back and being very, very patient, it became something that I didn’t understand because of the amount of moments that we had together as a team. .. It was hurtful to see that a lot of the reports, and a lot of things that were happening, there was minimal truth to it.”

When it came down to it though, the culture and environment surrounding Cleveland was a driving factor in making him want out. Part of it admittedly was likely the departure of former GM David Griffen and James’s controlling factor.

“When you think about the journey, and you also put things into perspective for what they really are, it’s a truthful environment. And I wasn’t getting that (in Cleveland). And that’s where it really stands,” he explained.

Despite being considered one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference this season Irving understands a lot of work will need to be put into making the Celtics compete.

“That’s the kind of difficult question that will be asked throughout the entire season until we form our identity,” Irving said when asked about expectations. “Only four guys from last year’s team are returning. It’s totally a new journey. I have high expectations and we share that as a group.”

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

We’ve been bamboozled (to quote Burgermeister Meisterburger). Yes, the nerve-racking Celtics-Cavaliers trade is finally done! You can now exhale. But when we dig through the convoluted pile of permutations and appraisals of this deal, doesn’t it all seem highly questionable? Come on, this thing was announced a week before it was completed, a bonafide Woj-bomb. Why the delay? I’ll tell you. There is one person who is responsible for all this controversy, albeit through inadvertence. That man would be none other than “the little guy” Isaiah Thomas.

That’s right, the undisputed fan-favorite and beloved underdog: Isaiah Thomas. Bless his heart; we all know that he’s done a great deal of good for the Celtics. Surely, we’re grateful for the fearless pony-up player he has been for us.

Since last Wednesday, the Celtics and the Cavaliers have been in a gridlocked game of tug-of-war. Thomas has undoubtedly played the threadbare rope, in the middle of all this. Through no fault of his own, he was misrepresented as the centerpiece of the C’s offer for Kyrie Irving. Maybe cockeyed “homer” fans accept this fallacy to be true. But make no mistake, both organizations knew Thomas’ true value the entire time. He is nothing more than a damaged fringe-superstar whose purpose is to be parlayed into draft picks.

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Trade For Irving Now Complete

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Trade For Irving Now Complete, Celtics And Cavs Can Move On

In the least shocking news of the year, the trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers is now complete.

After Cleveland extorted the Celtics for extra compensation in the deal the Celtics conceded and sent the Cavs its 2020 second round pick it acquired via the Miami Heat.

Now that the deal is complete the official structure of the trade is as follows.

Celtics Recieve:

Cavs Recieve

Cleveland received extra compensation because they believed that the Boston Celtics were not fully transparent about the health of Isaiah Thomas throughout the process.

Even if that is true, the health of Thomas’s hip has been highly publicized and occurred during a series in which Cleveland was playing in.

Boston, on the other hand, believes they were completely straight forward with Cleveland and that the Thomas status was widely known by everyone in the league. But with the Celtics bent over on the barrel, the Cavs were in the unique position to extort Danny Ainge and company for extra compensation.

It is, of course, worth noting that Thomas isn’t expected to be ready to play day 1. Even he has acknowledged that.

“There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday. “Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”

With the deal now complete, Boston will look to fill the roster spot that has been created by the trade. Candidates for that include Tony Allen and Andrew Bogut.

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