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Connelly Top Ten – Celtics Bitc* Slapped

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Connelly Top Ten – Celtics Bitc* Slapped


1. This is the Playoffs Right?

* If I was Brad Stevens I would show Kevin McHale taking down Rambis video in a non-ending loop in the locker room

* At one point Lebron turned his back on the whole defense dribbled around like he was at shoot around and then ran to the hoop and laid it in – no one did anything

* He embarrassed your best player Thomas – wagging his finger at him and no one did anything

* Lebron getting to the hoop for layups was really embarrassing – he has to be knocked down 20 times
* Twice players fouled him and patted him on the backside – Smart and Green

* This has to be war – set a tone

* Team taking on their coach’s persona – soft

* The walked out  on the floor glad to be there

 

2. This is why you can’t give Isaiah $30,000,000 a year:

* He couldn’t get his shot off

* He not only gets posted up but gets beat off the dribble too which is all about effort (Watch Spud Webb and Mugsy Bogues on small guys playing effective defense)

* First offensive possession he got trapped in the corner and turned the ball over to start the game
* Defensively – his man took him to the basked twice in a row to start the game

 

3. Danny Ainge
* He had three years to do something about Tristan Thompson – failure
* You need to change the roster in the offseason – get rid of Zeller, Jerebko, Kelly (trade him), Young, and you need a big tough bastard

 

4. Brad Stevens

* After playing against Cleveland 12 times – that’s your defensive scheme – call Rex Ryan and get some creativity

* Really Brad you went to Zeller early in the game – did something change from last time TristanThompson ragdolled him

 

5. Other Celtics

* Horford threw up on Dean Wormer again – he was so scared that he was dribbling to the basket for an open layups and passing it off to he corners

* Jaylen Brown showed something but I’m not sure if has the highest basketball IQ – I know he got into U California but at one point he left a man in the paint with the ball to cover a guy in the corner – ugh dunk
* I give Bradley credit trying to dunk on Lebron – Horford was too busy fixing his Depends
* James Young looks like the most dis-interested player in sports
* Kelly’s run is over – Kelly Green was mold – should never played him after Game 7 and maintained his trade value

 

6. Defense
* You have to – HAVE TO! MAKE THIS A STREET FIGHT

* You gotta give Lebron the threes – take away the corners and compress the middle
* Please don’t run at Kevin Love when he is shooting a three – he’ll lean into you and take the free throws

* Mix in some zone – two men on Lebron and play a triangle behind him – do something!

* Has Kevin Love and Lebron ever been punched in the face and responded – you better find out

 

7. LeBron
* The most contrived superstar in sports history – ooh my ankle
* He whines on every call – get in his face when he’s talking to the ref
* We need Don Corleone to slap every Celtic (Johnny Fontane) who let him get to hoop and yell “be a man”
* Fuc*ing compete for crying out loud (Watch a Piston’s Bad Boys game or something)

 

8 .TNT
* No Barkley stinks
* Reggie Miller is already talking about the finals against Golden State (he isn’t wrong) and what a great experience for the Celtics – his producers must have been screaming in his ear
* David Aldridge the sideline reporter might be the worst in sports – its like he’s coming off some sleeping pill overdose
* Chris Webber and Reggie Miller sound too much alike


9. Stats
* Three pointers ruining the sport 69 of 169 shots three pointers

 

10. Random Celtics Stuff
* Can Amir Johnson dunk?

* Tyron Lue stole Mr. Kraft’s high chair

* Green Teamers (code for pink hats) standing ovation for the home team as they are down only 20

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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Celtics Loss To Cavs Meaningless For The Moment

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The Boston Celtics were handed a blowout loss at home on Sunday at the Garden by LeBron James and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sunday’s blowout was drowned out by Paul Pierce‘s #34 being raised into the rafters post-game, but even 24 hours later the loss’s long-term impact is still very unclear. Reason for the lack of clarity is that the Cavaliers showcased their brand new lineup on Sunday with no real gameplan other than playing basketball and running the ball through James. For the Celtics, they had no idea how to prepare for this Cavs team with no video available to prepare for the game.

With no video, Brad Stevens and company was delegated to shooting off the hip and having his squad ill-prepared for a highly important Sunday game. Of course, the team’s lack of preparation is troubling from a big picture perspective. But in the moment it is hard to blame though.

Boston’s lack of competitiveness in this particular game can be attributed to seeing essentially a new team for the first time. There play over the last couple of weeks has been highly troubling. Boston had a barn burner of a month in December but since then they have looked out of sync and seem to be playing less than 100%.

The best Boston has looked in 2018 came when the team as a whole stepped up in the absence of Kyrie Irving for a few games in January. But the team hasn’t played a full game which is something that Al Horford admitted after Sunday’s loss.

Coach Stevens made a comment earlier in the season about not stepping off the gas at this particular point in the season. But it appears the team hasn’t heeded his warning as they look at rebound and get back on the right track.

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Who Is The More Iconic #34 In Boston? David Ortiz Or Paul Pierce?

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A player who donned the number 34 jersey is having his number retired in his honor on Sunday. The player happens to be Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce who wore the number during his Celtics tenure. But Pierce played much of his carrer in Boston, a town that happens to have another player with the number 34 that was also retired.

The other player is former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz whose number 34 jersey was retired by Boston this past season.

So while both are legendary in their own rights with potential hall of fame careers, who is the more iconic? When I say the number 34 who do you think of?

Well, the tale of the tape might be simple. Ortiz led the Red Sox to 3 World Series titles and helped the franchise win its first title in 86 seasons. Pierce, on the other hand, holds one NBA title to his name with it coming back in 2008 when his Celtics team brought home the franchises 17th NBA Championship.

But looking at it in a simple numbers to numbers perspective simply isn’t fair to either player. Basketball and baseball are two completely different sports. Both are legends in Boston and their meaning to the city and the fans hold a lasting impact. For that reason I leave it up to you, the readers to determine who is the more iconic #34. Ortiz or Pierce?

Vote on the Tweet below to help determine who is the most iconic #34.

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Boston Celtics Trade Talk Quiet At The Moment As Former Players Move Around

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Ahead of the NBA trade deadline the Boston Celtics have remained relatively quiet from all accounts. Of course Danny Ainge is doing his due diligence by looking into every possible avenue, but for now, Boston is staying put according to a report by Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

Just because the Celtics are being quiet doesn’t mean players with connections to the team aren’t moving around.

Earlier on Thursday Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder who were traded this offseason were both traded out of Cleveland to the Los Angeles Lakers. Another name connected to Boston is former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins who is now a favorite to land into one of Clevland’s open roster spots according to reports.

In the Eastern Conference, the only team with playoff hopes to really shake up their rosters was Cleveland. Washington, Milwaukee, and Toronto all stayed relatively quiet.

Boston’s deal with Greg Monroe is expected to be official shortly with the team also expected to be “highly” active in the buyout market.

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