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Boston Celtics Take Down Wizards In Game 1 After Going Down Big

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Boston Celtics Take Down Wizards In Game 1 After Going Down Big

To start game 1 against the Washington Wizards the Boston Celtics had the worst start anyone could have possibly imagined. To start the game the Wizards scored 16 unanswered points with the Celtics unable to score a point until there was only 6 and change left in the first quarter.

At one point in the first the Celtics found themselves down 17 points, but with all of this coming so early there was plenty of time for Boston to turn it around.

The Celtics rallied hard and closed the gap by half-time and even managed to draw even before the half closed with the C’s trailing 64-59. The first third quarter turned into an all Boston affair with the Celtics outscoring the Wizards to the tune of 36-16 and Boston even held a 16 point lead at one point.

The beginning of the fourth quarter is where the Wizards shifted the game back with Marcus Smart losing control of himself and turned the ball over several times before Brad Stevens sent in Jaylen Brown to play the final 6 minutes to turn the tide back into Boston’s favor and ultimately seal the victory.

When the dust settled on game 1 the Boston Celtics miraculously won 123-111 over the Wizards behind Isaiah Thomas and a supporting cast that put up enough support to help the little guy propel his team to victory.

Thomas’s story to this game continues to be tragic with Thomas flying back to Boston last night after attending his sister’s funeral out in Tacoma, Washington. Despite all the odds stacked against him, he was able to drop 33 points and 9 assists, but unlike other games this season he was able to get support from a good amount of his teammates.

Al Horford had a career type of game and was one rebound shy of a triple-double with the big man scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists with a good chunk of his points coming in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory for Boston. Another big contributor to the win was Jae Crowder who hit a number of clutch shots and ended the day with 24 points and a crazy +26 rating.

The leaders off the bench were Kelly Olynyk who was instrumental in the first half comeback by netting 12 points in the first half to get the C’s within reach. Smart who struggled late in the game and was benched still made an impact on the court and overall had an impressive defensive game for Boston.

Terry Rozier had an impact with 8 boards and Jaylen Brown who replaced Smart had several key plays in the final 6 minutes of the game including a big assist to Jae Crowder for three and a big three-pointer of his own to make it a 10 point game at the time.

Boston is now ahead in the series 1-0 and they have one more home game before heading down to D.C. with game 2 of the series taking place on Tuesday night.

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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