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Boston Celtics Were Not Built For Playoff Contention

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Boston Celtics Were Not Built For Playoff Contention

So we are all sitting here a day after a 1 seed lost their second straight game to an 8 seed in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The one seed happened to be the Boston Celtics who for some reason never had a chance to beat the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden despite being the Eastern Conference one seed.

Many might look at the Celtics and say they looked lost, or Brad Stevens mishandled their rotations, and to be frank both of those points would be correct. But what really is going on is beyond this, in fact, it goes beneath the surface.

Take a step back and ask yourself who is the best player in this series, the answer you should have gotten is Jimmy Butler. If the Celtics got by the Bulls and played the Washington Wizards who is the best player? John Wall.

And then if they happened to face the Cleveland Cavaliers? LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and even Kevin Love are better than anything the Celtics have.

In the NBA generally, the team with the best player is the one that ends up winning the series. In the regular season that isn’t the case, but when you have a player that can take the game over like a Jimmy Butler, you are set up for success. Of course, many of you may point to Isaiah Thomas and say he is our superstar. Well, he is indeed a great player going through some issues here clearly in the loss of his sister, but even at his top, he is not the same player as a Jimmy Butler.

If the Celtics manage to find a way to beat the Bulls it will be a miracle, but on paper, the Bulls simply have a more talented top half of their roster. Below is how I would rank the top players in this series so you can see what I mean.

  1. Jimmy Butler
  2. Isaiah Thomas
  3. Dwyane Wade
  4. Avery Bradley
  5. Rajon Rondo
  6. Robin Lopez

Now where Lopez is ranked I would actually like to put Al Horford, but comparing apples to apples I would say Lopez is a better player on the contract that he is on than Horford is on his max deal. But clearly looking at the list you see Butler at the top being the best player in the series. Of course, this is all opinion based and Bradley could be higher than Wade, but looking at what Wade was able to do in game 2 shows why he is a better player than Bradley despite his age.

The Celtics roster has depth, is it being utilized properly by Stevens? That’s just too tough to say, but what is easy to say is the roster was not built for a playoff run. Despite IT’s breakout into stardom, he is not good enough to be the sole piece of a championship team in the NBA. If he is paired with another star then maybe we are talking, many thought Horford was the answer, but unfortunately, he wasn’t.

Even if the Celtics pull this 0-2 deficit off they have a lot to think about this offseason, do they draft another 19-year-old who is four years away, or do they go out and land the superstar that could put this franchise back into the driver seat.

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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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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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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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