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Boston Celtics Playoff Talk: Game 1 rundown of Celtics vs Bulls

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Boston Celtics Playoff Talk: Game 1 rundown of Celtics vs Bulls

Yesterday night in TD Garden, the Boston Celtics played the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Boston came up short, losing to Chicago 106-102, after a late 8-0 run by the Bulls.

Isaiah Thomas was questionable playing last night after his sister, Chyna Thomas, passed away the day before, due to a tragic car accident in their home state. However, Thomas did play last night ending the game with 33 points.

Boston held a pregame moment of silence for the all-star guard, as a sector of the all-star guard’s emotional pregame introduction.

Isaiah Thomas is expected to play tomorrow night in game 2, before heading off to be with his family and mourn the death of his sister.

Al Horford had 19 points, 8 assists, and 9 rebounds for the Celtics, which helped the Celtics stay present in the game.

Celtics fans rallied behind Thomas as well, flooding him with a huge applause when he was announced.

On the other hand, point guard of the Chicago Bulls, Jimmy butler had 30 points and 9 rebounds, which boosted the Bulls to secure the win over the top-seeded Boston Celtics.

Bobby Portis completed the night with a surprising 19 points for the Bulls.

Chicago’s bench outscored the Celtics 35-22 as well,  and the Bulls outrebounded Boston 32-16 in the first half, including 16 offensive rebounds, which made a great boost in the Bulls win.

All things considered, Chicago did have errors, as Dwayne Wade stole a pass from Thomas, and immediately traveled downcourt for a fast break, but the ball hit the rim after trying to execute a one-handed dunk with Thomas in his way. The aging process looks to be in effect for the all-star point guard.

Neither the Celtics or Bulls had more than a two-possession lead though, until the ever-changing fourth quarter when Butler scored 10 points in a row to give Chicago the outright lead.

Game 2 is tomorrow night in Boston.

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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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