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Boston Celtics Have A Serious Problem With Isaiah Thomas



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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, left, steals the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Boston Celtics Have A Serious Problem With Isaiah Thomas

Boston Celtics All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas is becoming a liability for Brad Stevens and the team, the guard has voiced his opinions vocally to the media after games and after a tough loss against the Los Angeles Clippers the guard sounded off and this time he called out head coach Brad Stevens.

What I was able to find is the comments below, keep in mind that is not his full statement post game.

“Everything,” he said. “We should have won this game. We should have won [Sunday] night [in Phoenix]. We can’t be experimenting in Game 63.”

Added Thomas: “It’s just the way we lost tonight was unacceptable. We lost the game in the last 15 minutes of the game. We played a really good game up until the last 15 minutes. And that’s the players’ fault, the coaches’ fault, that’s everybody in this locker room’s fault. We could have done a lot better.”

There was an audio piece that had IT saying he sometimes lets Brad Stevens coach, wasn’t able to find the audio or text as it was on the radio. But he may have said that as well.

That being said the actual quote text above is enough to cause concern, Stevens was without Al Horford and Jonas Jerebko against the Clippers forcing him to change up his lineups. The fact is sure IT can hold others accountable if he can hold himself accountable, but  to say you shouldn’t experiment in game 63 is utterly ridiculous considering what Stevens had to work with and balance players who couldn’t play.

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Apr 8, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) looks on during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Celtics beat the Pistons 113-103. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Yes having Jordan Mickey out there in the fourth is not ideal, but you can’t use Horford or Jerebko. Clearly IT was mad, and he should be. But throwing your coach under the bus for something like this is preposterous and he has not earned the right to make a comment like this. Thomas is not LeBron James, he has not won a title, or even come close in his entire career.

Stevens told Brain Scalabrine to not put a lot of thought into IT’s comments as Thomas came right to Stevens after he made the comments to apologize. Of course Brad has to say that to keep control of his locker room, but Thomas is beginning to create a pattern of speaking out with the media, just the night before in the teams last second loss to the Suns Thomas once again voiced his thoughts and instead of taking ownership of the last second turnover he decided to throw fellow Celtic Jae Crowder under the bus saying Jae held onto the ball too long.

Somethings are meant to be in private, and Thomas needs to be aware of that. Comments like the ones after the Clippers game might make Danny Ainge weary of giving Thomas that max contract he desperately wants. But if they are as they say fine with it, then they should have traded for Demarcus Cousins who the argument for not wanting was his troublesome personality. Don’t read that wrong though, Thomas is not Cousins, but he is as vocal.

If you still voice on Thomas’s side though you may want to hear ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith who made a comment on First Take that Thomas should be playing 37 minutes a game instead of the 34 he is averaging. Now how would Smith even know something like that you may ask, it is because someone likely in Thomas’s camp told Stephen A. that information.

The issue I have with this is if you go off in the media about losing which is a good thing, but behind closed doors your are complaining about minutes which is not a good thing. The difference is one is about winning games (good) and the other is a more personal selfish reason (bad).

In conclusion Thomas should take a look in the mirror when he throws his coaches and teammates under the bus, it hasn’t been all sunshine and daisy’s out of him since the NBA trade deadlined.

6 Games 11-34 FG 32% 6-20 3PT FG 30% 15-22 FT 68% 7 AST 2 steals 44 points -10 +/-

Obviously this isn’t a very popular with Celtics fans as they are treating IT like he is somehow transcended into Larry Bird, leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Editors Note: After writing this post IT had this to say about his comments after the game.

Still doesn’t get him completely off the hook, but at least he is holding himself somewhat accountable for his actions.

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 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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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.

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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.

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New England is now fully immersed in the brisk whirlwind of the holiday season. This is a conflicted time for sports fans.

The threadbare traditions and awkward reunion of estranged family members only serves to interrupt our connection to our favorite teams. And it happens right when we’re in the thick of things.

How can one prioritize with so many agendas – family or sports? Surely there will come a moment when you’ll have to choose.

But do not worry. Trifecta Sports has your back.

We’re here to abbreviate all of the Boston Sports highlights so that fans can stay tuned in, all while going through the motions of the season. I promise to be even more critical and unforgiving, when eviscerating the play of New England teams.

So do your thing! Put a smile on for the family. And keep coming to Trifecta for sports news, whenever you get a free second to pretend that you’re bathroom.

You already know what this is, folks. It’s time for another perturbed installment of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Walking in Winter Wonderland Edition.

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