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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 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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