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The Boston Celtics’ “C” Grade Offseason

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The Boston Celtics’ “C” Grade Offseason

Despite landing arguably the most valuable free agent on the market this offseason, the Boston Celtics have not found their four-leaf clover. In fact, they’ve overlooked the proverbial lucky clover which they’ve had under their thumb for quite some time now (no it’s not the damn mascot who does trampoline assisted dunks during halftime). Now they have all but squandered said clover with myopic planning and misplaced confidence.

The petals of Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, and Jaylen Brown were on the verge of flowering into a young cohesive unit, one the Celtics organization has been working to cultivate for years. This group’s potential was illustrated by their play in game 3 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, when Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley lead the team to an 111-108 nail-biter of a victory, with 27 and 20 points respectively. But what was the difference maker in game 3? The C’s got spanked in games 1 and 2!

Well, it could have been the emphasized role that veteran facilitator Al Horford played, feeding the hungry young talent that was now posturing in the spotlight. Or it could have been the absence of a certain “centerpiece” whom Boston sports fans may be familiar with…

Rather than coddling this dirty-water fed budding crop of youth to fruition, Danny Ainge and his trusting gaggle of subordinates have chosen to pander to a singular show-pony of a superstar: Isaiah Thomas. The little man: just the type of inspirational underdog story that Boston fans are so susceptible to. Now, underdogs come with their inherent defects. That’s what makes them so gosh darn lovable right? To compensate for Thomas’ defensive ineptitude and his gross proclivity for ball-hogging, the Celtics acquired free agent All NBA buffer of a pseudo-star: Gordon Hayward.

To the cockeyed “green teamer” demography, the acquisition of Hayward renders their beloved C’s an NBA Championship contender. But mathematically, the acquisition leaves the Celtics in a nonplussing middle-road position as merely an interloper to the battle that will be waged against the Golden State Warriors for the next 4-5 years. Sure, Hayward augments the play of Allen Iverson impersonator Isaiah Thomas (Iverson won a total of 0 titles during his time in the league). But this only furthers the team’s deviation from the rebuilding process, a path they resignedly vowed to follow a few seasons back in the aftermath of dismantling the “Big 3”.

The hasty discarding of Avery Bradley, a critical piece to the aforementioned rebuilding process, to make cap space for Hayward implies that this team is looking to steal an NBA Championship during the Cavaliers-Warriors saga. This chase for ephemeral success, which may not even climax as a title for the C’s, comes at the cost of squandered draft picks and young talent. This organization should have prepared themselves, through patient development, to supplant the in-vogue Warriors when they inevitably abdicate the throne they’ve held for so long. After all, Boston fans are accustomed to long-winded dynasties, not exorbitantly priced mercenaries who make jabs at glory. Red Auerbach is rolling over in his cigar-fumigated grave.

Columnist operating out of Manchester, NH. Retired pitcher (unprofessional not amateur). Voracious consumer of all things Celtics and Red Sox. Sometimes I produce content as well.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Neck-Deep Edition

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It feels like New England Sports is currently being buried – in snow, controversies and soul-decimating losses.

The recent Patriots victory over the Steelers has been tarnished by subsequent internal-fighting. And over the past couple of weeks, the Boston Celtics have been defeated by some of the most middling of NBA teams.

The only auspicious emblem to be found would be the Bruins, who have won 3 games in a row. If the season ended today, the B’s would make the playoffs! But don’t worry, they’ll find a way to self-destruct before the season actually ends.

So when you’re neck-deep in it, like we presently find ourselves, what do you do? You shovel yourself out. Let this article be your utensil of liberation! It’s time for another installment of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Neck Deep Edition.

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The Celtics Have a Bench Problem

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With the Celtics suffering a nonplussing loss at the hands of the Utah Jazz, it’s become apparent: This bench is gonna need some help. And they’re going to have to find this help from within themselves.

Ever since he was acquired from the Pistons, Marcus Morris was expected to be the most talented asset on the Celtics bench. Morris has the skills to be a secondary powerhouse in the NBA. Just last season, for Detroit, Morris averaged 14.0 PPG and just about 5 RPG.

But unfortunately his young tenure in Boston has deteriorated into “what ifs”.

Marcus has been afflicted with a lancinating and unrelenting pain in his left knee. Not only did he miss the start of the season, but he’s been sidelined yet again by this tenacious problem.

Without Morris on the court, Boston’s bench lacks that veteran’s heart and wisdom that he provides. They also are mathematically short in the scoring department, without the versatile big man.

As we saw Friday night at the Garden, somebody is going to need to step up – and fast.

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Jayson Tatum’s Patience: The Deciding Factor

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There is currently a preponderance of NBA rookies who are dominating the league. We’re talking about 20-somethings (some even younger than that) leading their teams in nearly every statistical category.

This is no longer your father’s NBA.

Gone are the days of “earning your stripes”. In today’s game, if a player has the talent he’s going to be encouraged to use it.

Our favorite youngling, here in Boston, is unanimously Jayson Tatum. This 19-year-old kid has stormed the Garden like some new-school Larry BirdPaul Pierce hybrid. He’s the futuristic embodiment of “Celtics Basketball” – the silhouette for Boston’s modern logo.

But Tatum’s not even the superlative of this year’s rookie class!

Many “Green Teamers” would argue the cockeyed contention that Jayson Tatum is a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year. As heartening as it may be for the flourishing freshman to hear such high praise, it still stems from unchecked fandom.

I swear, there must be something circulating around the Charles River. It seems that Boston has become more and more generous, in recent years, when it comes to appraising young talent.

In every sport, we’re ready to give our kindergarteners their high school diploma, the very second they demonstrate their ability.

The homer expectations, surrounding Jayson Tatum, are in need of an adjustment. Let’s take a look at a few rookies, who are ahead of Tatum in the primary categories.

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