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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 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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