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Boston Celtics Blown Out In Game 1 Against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, But Now Is Not The Time To Waiver Your Support For The C’s

On Wednesday night the Boston Celtics took on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston.

For Boston things could not have gone worst, they came out slow and saw themselves in a hole that was insurmountable. When it was all said and done the Cavs embarrassed the Celtics 111-104 on the parquet.

Instead of giving the the specifics of how the Cavs decimated the Celtics, I am going to give you hope for game 2 and beyond, and no not the we still have the number 1 pick talk, but the talk of how the Boston Celtics can win this series in seven games.

With Boston having home court advantage and the first two games at home everyone knew it would be tough to take the first two against Cleveland, even with home court. Now with game 2 looming the C’s have a must win game if they have any hopes of moving on to the Finals.

A win in game 2 sends them up to Cleveland for a two game set at a 1-1 series tie. Now let us assume Boston snags one of those two games, come back to Boston tied again at 2-2, then grab game 5, lose game 6 in Cleveland, and then game 7 in the Garden will be Boston’s. If somehow Boston can force that pivotal game 7, there is no doubt in my mind that the Garden will give the Celtics all the confidence they need to dethrone the false king.

Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford will not repeat their game 1 performances, there will be more support from role players like Kelly Olynyk. As for stopping LeBron, Brad Stevens will watch the game film and see that rookie Jaylen Brown is the best option to go one on one with James.

Against the Chicago Bulls the Celtics went down 0-2, against the Washington Wizards everyone counted them out before it even started. Now is not the time to for support to waiver, after a quick turnaround the Garden was not full in game 1, for game 2? That should not be the story, a full arena chanting boos down on LBJ and the “chosen” team can make a difference. The key will be if IT and the C’s can give the fans something to cheer about.

Now is not the time to think ahead to the draft, now is the time to stand by the Boston Celtics and show the rest of the NBA why Boston has the greatest fans in the league.

 

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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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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