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Connelly’s Top Ten: Celtics Even, Red Sox Even with Machado, Bruins Not Even from Refs

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Celtics Even, Red Sox Even with Machado, Bruins Not Even from Refs

1. Bruins Back in the Tournament:
* I have said it all week – Bruins brass, including Cassidy, had to go “Harry Sinden” on the refs and the league – unprecedented in NHL history that a team lose on TWO overtime power play goals in same series – has to be a first (especially after Schaller had got pulled down already in OT and Pierre McGuire said that’s the standard) / Krejci knee blown up no call / Two goals taken away / no penalty shot / Methot punching people in the face and gets nothing. Neely can you do anything other than pump your fist after a goal
* Marchand’s worst game of his career – either lost the puck or his footing almost every time he touched the puck (ONE GOAL LAST TWENTY-FIVE PLAYOFF GAMES)
* Sidebar – is it bad karma to have a Chipolte ad on your ice?
* Does the Bruins alumni team have any salary cap room for Backes seeing he has four years left on his contract (they will be buying out the last two years)
* Ottawa was 6-0 at the Garden this year
* Bruins outshot them (30-29) / outhit them (42-32) / won more faceoffs (56%) / blocked more shots (16 to 8) and LOST
* How many times are the Bruins going to ice the puck
* Over $12mm for Backes, Hayes, and Beleskey – the last 36 combined games – one goal
* Looking to the offseason – things to improve on – not clearing the puck over your own glass / hitting the net with at least 40% of your shots

2. Celtics Playoffs
* Isaiah is a marvel – trade him right after the season
* Jimmy Butler free throws 23 / Celtics 22
* Smart needs to get in Butler’s head
* Bruins and Celtics are 0-5 at home this playoff series
* Isaiah’s game has to start with getting to the paint and then getting free looks outside – not the other way around
* Celtics shot 27% from three point land and won
* How is Lopez allowed to set pics by wrapping his arms around Celtics
* It appears that Brad Stevens under-utilized Gerald Green this year

3. Red Sox
* Nice job by Barnes trying to get the job done on Machado – you can’t be near the head though
* E Rodriguez threw up on Dean Wormer the three times he went after Machado’s legs
* How many times in baseball history have the first four hitters scored to start a game?
* Pedroia can’t throw his pitcher under the bus after the pitcher’s had his back
* Did I see Bogaerts wearing a Fitbit when he was playing?
* Jackie Bradley’s home run was a bomb Saturday night – urine test soon to be requested
* Benintendi 15 for his last 30

4. Sixth Round of the 2000 NFL Draft:
* Four players from the sixth round of the 2000 draft made Pro Bowls – Brady, Adalius Thomas, Marc Bulger, Neil Rackers
5. Earning your pay:

*99 NHL players played all 82 games / 17 NBA players played all 82 games

6. What’s more dangerous?
* Sitting in the Monster Seats when John “Wayback” Wasdin was pitching
* Standing behind the net when Pastrnak is shooting
* Sitting in the first row when Jae Crowder shoots
* Being a quarterback with Reggie White on the other side of Max Lane

7. Amazing Stat – Interesting stats in the Globe –
* In the NFL draft – Belichick has traded down 19 times but traded up 18 times
* The five players on the ice for the Bruins for Friday’s overtime winner were all Americans

8. Old School – These three incidents had to be dealt with:
* Wideman taking out Krejci and then talking trash to him – Chara has to take a penalty right there going after him – think Varitek fighting ARod and how that turned 2004 around
* Machado taking out Pedroia – I was sick to my stomach watching Steven Wright dancing a knuckler up to the plate and Machado gets a base hit – thank God they went after him Sunday
* Rondo trying to trip Crowder – can’t happen – Crowder has to get in his face

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Names, phrases and places every good Boston fan should no
* Margo Adams
* Parry Sound
* “Dippsy Doo”
* “Mercy”
* 199
* Blue
* Cardiac Kids (to dream the impossible dream)
* Do your job / it is what it is
* Heartbreak Hill
* Snowplow

10. Randomocity
* Will Audi get a rebate – they sponsor each Bruins goal
* What is slanting the opinion of NFL scouts’ on Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey – that he is smaller or white?
* Hate that the Patriots have six-night games this fall
* If the NHL only has one timeout – why does basketball need so many – give them one a half
* Jerry Remy must be grumpy having to stay after games for the post-game show
* Sunday Sports on TV – English Soccer FA Cup at 9:30 / Red Sox at 1:30 / Bruins at 3:00 / Celtics at 6:30
* Will Howard allow Chuck to go to Joanie’s funeral?
* My odds that David Price gets surgery 65-35 – which means he has already missed 3 months of recovery. Don’t plan on seeing a winning game out of him until 2019.
* Scientists marched on Washington Saturday – in other news Staples stores in the nation’s capital have run out of pocket protectors

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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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Celtics 2018 Draft Prospects

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They say lightning never strikes twice, but the Boston Celtics have managed to capture lightning in a bottle multiple times, with their past several draft picks. From flowering stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, to secondary underdogs like Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart – the C’s recent draft decisions look more educated with every passing game.

But the exhilarating string of Brooklyn picks, which the infamous Big 3 trade exfoliated, are now all but exhausted. Well, directly speaking that is (semantics). Boston must now face a new mutation of parlayed picks and the stipulations that come with them.

Fun, right?

The selections of the immediate future will be governed by all sorts of caveats and esoteric protections that are hard to get excited about.

Nonetheless, Danny Ainge and his pencil-pushing subordinates have demonstrated their superlative ability to make something out of nothing. Whether the Celtics have the first pick or the last pick, they are going to find value in a “Belichickian” manner.

Let’s take a look at the prospects that Boston should consider drafting, come June of 2018.

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