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Connelly 10 – Kelly Green!

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Connelly 10 – Kelly Green!

1. Misc

* Game 7 Garden rocking – bringing back the old days – where is Johnny Most

2. Offense

* If they make their threes they have a chance (to beat Cleveland they will have to have a game at 50% from three point land)

3. Defense

* Marcus Smart is absolutely amazing on defense – he changes games (ugh I can’t make up my mind on him)

4. Isaiah

* Is an absolute liability on defense (I still trade him)

* Some dagger three pointers

* He is durable

5. Kelly

* Memories of Glen McDonald – 1976

* Every time he goes back on defense he fixes his hair

* Lifetime game

* What was Vegas odds that the crowd would be chanting Kelly

6. Wizards

* Beal getting to the paint whenever he wanted on Isaiah 21-30 on two pointers last two games

* Gortat was killing them – 2 for 6 / 3 fouls / 4 turnovers

* Wall missed his last eight shots – he is a certified star

7. Coaching

* Brad Stevens slow to make adjustment on defense and bring help to Isaiah’s side

* He is amazing on plays out of timeouts

* Should be coach of the year

8. Officiating

* They get 50% right

* Foul on Marcus Smart near the end of the first half was an official looking to make a call

* 24 Celtic fouls to 17 Wizards – in Boston

9. Just a Little Bit Outside

* Lottery tonight – don’t send Rick Pitino or ML Carr

* Celtics fans have to come up with a more creative chant than bullshi*

10. Cleveland – ugh

* Series goes five

* Cavs were bored during regular season

* Plenty of rest – Celtics just emptied the tank

* Get ready to hate on Lebron – crazy run away train dunks

Michael has written for the Boston Herald and other sites in the past and his top ten column is now housed on Trifecta Sports Network. Connelly's Top Ten releases on Monday's and Friday's.

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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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