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Connelly Top 10 – Boston Celtics Tough to Watch



Connelly Top 10 – Boston Celtics Tough to Watch

1. Celtics Playoffs –

* Got punched in the mouth and hid under the bed

* Marcus Smart one of the worst game in playoff history – 8 turnovers / 2-9 shooting / MINUS 19 (told you a while ago to get rid of him – just like I said Rondo)

* Knew it was going to be a long game when Doris Burke was introduced as the color person

* Does Smart look fat

* Crazy unit Brad put on the floor in the first quarter – taking out Crowder who was hot for the first time

* Celtics were down 17 in the first game / 14 in the second / 26 in the third

2. Red Sox –

* One way or another I’m blaming Farrell for costing Steven Wright his career

* You cannot under any circumstance let Machado hit a home run – never mind three

* Sox are 17% through the season on pace to win 87 games

3. Ted Williams at age 38

* Intentionally walked 33 times

* Hit 388

* Walked 119 / Struck out 43

4. Top ten Sox prospects from after the GM traded everyone:

*Devers, Groome, Travis, Dalbec, Hernandez, Chatham, Lakins, Ockimey, Chavis, Johnson

5. Celtics next year – Horford $28mm / next four paid players Bradley, Zeller, Thomas, Crowder = $29.7mm

6. Hoops hype ranked every NBA player – Celtics starters – Isaiah 11 / Horford 36 / Crowder 46 (Hayward 22) / Avery Bradley 63 / Amir 166

7. Amazing Stat – 35 time NBA players have scored at least 50 points in a playoff game:

* Michael Jordan eight times

* Sleepy Floyd once

* Celtics – Cousy twice / Sam Jones / Havlicek / Thomas

8. Old School – Quarterback Bobby Layne was 3-1 in the playoffs despite the below numbers:

* 12 interceptions / 1 TD pass

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Famous pilots:

* Red Baron

* Wright Brothers

* Charlies Lindbergh

* Emelia Earhart

* Sully Sullinger

* Jimmy Doolittle

* Jim Backus in it’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

* Maverick

10. Randomocity

* Top Ten – we zip in – we zip out

* Cardinal best New England bird

* Clams in a clam chowder are fourth on the list of important ingredients – broth must be thick, potato, ground pepper, then clams

* convicted no

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 Bad and the Ugly: Neck-Deep Edition




It feels like New England Sports is currently being buried – in snow, controversies and soul-decimating losses.

The recent Patriots victory over the Steelers has been tarnished by subsequent internal-fighting. And over the past couple of weeks, the Boston Celtics have been defeated by some of the most middling of NBA teams.

The only auspicious emblem to be found would be the Bruins, who have won 3 games in a row. If the season ended today, the B’s would make the playoffs! But don’t worry, they’ll find a way to self-destruct before the season actually ends.

So when you’re neck-deep in it, like we presently find ourselves, what do you do? You shovel yourself out. Let this article be your utensil of liberation! It’s time for another installment of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Neck Deep Edition.

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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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