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Boston Celtics Guard Isaiah Thomas Not Feeling Pressure Ahead Of Game 7

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Boston Celtics Guard Isaiah Thomas Not Feeling Pressure Ahead Of Game 7

Tonight the Boston Celtics will take on the Washington Wizards in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals at home in TD Garden. This is the kind of game many players fantasize about and will remember for years to come, winner takes all affairs have created some of the best moments in sports. In the Celtics history there has been a slew of game 7 basketball, throughout these games, the names of the players that rose to the occasion have been the likes of Pierce, Bird, and Russell.

This year however, the guy everyone in Boston will be looking to is All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas. With all the pressure mounting on his shoulders IT isn’t acknowledging it.

“I don’t believe in pressure,”

Instead Thomas on Sunday illustrated how game 7’s bring the best out of players, and he plans on being on his best when his team needs him the most.

“The best players play at their best in those type of situations,” Thomas said of the club’s opportunity in this game. “You always think of Game 7s. Those are exciting times. I definitely, as a little boy, dreamed of being in a Game 7 and winning a Game 7. And hopefully we can do that. It would be so good for this city and so good for this team to win tomorrow night.”

Thomas also went on to recall some of the most memorable game 7’s he could remember.

Paul Pierce vs. LeBron. That was a good one,” Thomas said of memorable Game 7 games that he’s watched. “Kobe’s had a few really good Game 7s. The last one I’ve seen, that I watched the other day, was [Allen] Iverson vs. Vince Carter.

Come Monday night IT will have the opportunity to make on big step toward being a Boston Celtic legend, to be named among the legendary names he mentioned is a real possibility for the Tommy Heinsohn dubbed “Little Guy”.

Can Thomas and the Celtics overcome John Wall and the Wizards? Well that question will be answered late Monday night, but for now the Celtics and the Garden await a legendary game 7 underneath all 17 banners.

“I think everybody’s excited. I think everybody’s ready. We know the Garden is probably gonna be the best we’ve ever seen.”

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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