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Tensions Flare In Boston, As the Celtics Loss Again

The roller coaster of a season for the Boston Celtics goes on as tensions continue to raise amongst players, and in last night’s 105-103 loss to the Orlando Magic a brief disagreement was caught between head coach Brad Stevens and superstar point guard Kyrie Irving.

First it was Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown’s brief scuffle during a timeout in Thursday’s loss to the Miami Heat, and last night an argument was witnessed between Stevens and Irving over a drawn up play for the last shot of the game. At the end, Gordon Hayward inbounded the ball to Jayson Tatum, who then attempted a fade away over Magic guard, Wesley Iwundu, with 2.7 seconds remaining in regulation. After the game, Irving seemed frustrated over Hayward’s decision to give the ball to Tatum for the last shot, Irving can be seen telling Hayward, “You had Al,” who was open at the top of the key.

Irving Critical of Young Teammates over Lack of Experience

After the game Irving and Al Horford both questioned their young teammate’s inconsistent play, “We play hard at times. We don’t play hard all the time,” Horford said.

We’ve reached the mid-way point of the season and the Celtics continue to show inconsistency on both sides of the floor. Boston seemed to have figured it out after their team meeting occurred after their loss to Milwaukee on December 21. The Celtics won 7 of their last 9 games after the meeting took place, but their losses to non-playoff teams in the Heat and Magic over the week have the players thinking if the problem has resurfaced.

Irving was critical of his young teammates and how they’ve played this season, “The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship-level team. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we’re trying to get to the finals?” said Irving.

Time heals all Wounds

Even throughout these low points in the season Irving still believes in this team’s potential, “I know from the majority of the fact that we’re better than most teams in this league,” said Irving. “It’s just going out and proving it every single night and demanding it and actually showing it.”

Irving emphasized how experience has been a major issue to why this club hasn’t lived up to their potential. This is the most stacked team in the NBA and Brad Stevens has to find a way to mesh the egos of nine legit starting players into accepting new roles, which includes less playing time, low productivity and bench roles. Guys like Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum who were playing at an All-Star level last season have seen their productivity decline since Irving and Hayward returned this season.

Time will tell if the Celtics can bounce out of their inconsistency and FINALLY make a run at the number one seed. Home court advantage is going to play a major role in the playoffs with teams like Milwaukee, Toronto, Philadelphia and Indiana gunning for a spot to represent the East in the Finals since LeBron James departure to the West. We’ll see if Boston can get it together before it’s too late.

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Are the Boston Celtics Finally Ready to Steamroll through the East?

Last night’s showdown between two red-hot Eastern Conference teams seemed to be no problem for the Boston Celtics as they rolling through the Indiana Pacers 135-108.

The four game home stand was something the Celtics needed after winning one out of four games on their West coast road trip two weeks ago. Boston have now won four straight and are 15-5 at TD Garden. They play a back-to-back today as they take their talents to South Beach and play the Miami Heat.

Boston’s Depth on Full Display

At the start of the season the talk around the league was the amount of talent the Celtics have, they have eight legit starting caliber players and last night’s victory showed that. The Pacers were out gunned yesterday, even with their talented duo of Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Boston had seven players that reached double figures, which now makes it four consecutive games where at least five players have scored in double figures.

The team was led by Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown, who each scored 22 points to go along with eight and seven rebounds. Jayson Tatum showed out offensively as he scored 20 points while shooting 60 percent from the field on 9-of-15 shots. Another positive takeaway was the performance of Gordon Hayward, who has been more consistent on the offensive end over the last couple of games. He finished with 14 points on 5-of-7 from the field.

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Starters, Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart celebrate with teammates as they cruise by the Indiana Pacers. (Photo credit: NBA.com)

It was one of those games that allowed Kyrie Irving to take a break offensively, he played only 24 minutes and scored only 12 points. Al Horford also had a laid-back night, playing only 18 minutes and chipped in with six points and eight assists.

The True Test for Boston Begins in the Coming Weeks

Since airing out their frustrations after the loss to Milwaukee back in December, the Celtics are now 7-2 over their last nine games with their only losses coming to the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. The home stretch provided an extra boost of confidence for the Celtics, but in the upcoming weeks they will play legit championship contenders like the Toronto Raptors, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Celtics and Raptors will square-off on Wednesday at TD Garden. Their even at 1-1 over their last two meetings with Boston taking the second game in overtime when Irving exploded for 43 points.

A potential NBA Finals match-up with the Warriors will take place on Saturday the 26th, as both teams continue to get back to playing championship level basketball. Although the Celtics could be one of the first teams to face a returning DeMarcus Cousins with Golden State, as he’s scheduled to return from an Achilles tear in mid-to-late January.

C’s Ring in the New Year Losing to San Antonio

The third and final game of Boston’s west coast road trip resulted in a 120-111, loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Boston dropped the ball in the third quarter allowing the Spurs to score 46 points in the quarter, matching their total points of the first half. The Spurs shot 19-of-25 from the field and connected on all five of their three-point attempts.

The collapse was due to the Celtics defense, with their offense also having their same old struggles of bad shot selection and ball movement. At the start of the second half you could see how the absence of Boston’s big, Aron Baynes, was exploited by San Antonio’s guards. Derrick White repeatedly broke down the defense by attacking the paint for open layups or finding teammates. LaMarcus Aldridge was the primary beneficiary of White’s aggressiveness, he made 5-of-6 shots in the quarter for 12 points.

Aron Baynes rim protection and his effort to challenge shots without fear is something Boston has missed in their games against Milwaukee, Houston and San Antonio.

Jaylen Brown Scores a Season High 30-points

Jaylen Brown had his best offensive performance of the season on Monday, he finished with 30-points and 4 rebounds off the bench. Brown seems to be getting his grove back after dealing with injuries and role changes. Monday’s game was the best version of Brown the Celtics have seen all season, his aggressive play on both ends of the floor was a welcoming sight for Boston fans.

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Marcus Morris on the other hand continues to play stellar basketball for Boston, he finished with 18-points, and made big shots after Kyrie Irving left the game with an eye injury. All season Morris has been Boston’s most consistent player, in what has been a career-year.

Gordon Hayward could forget about yesterday’s game and continue to move forward. Hayward missed all six of his shots and went 0-of-5 from behind the arc.

Kyrie Irving Goes Down with a Scratched Eye Injury

Kyrie Irving left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering what he called a scratched left cornea injury. Irving suffered the injury after he and Spurs guard Marco Belinelli attempted to secure a rebound of Irving’s missed 28-foot attempt. Belinelli swiped at the ball and hit Irving in the eye.

Celtics coach brad Stevens wasn’t sure whether the injury could force Irving to miss time. “Kyrie has a scratched eye,” Stevens said, “so he’ll have antibiotics for that. I don’t know what that means beyond tonight.”

Irving addressed the media after the game wearing a pair of sunglasses to cover the injury, “I’m wearing sunglasses, so not too good. I’ll be all right, though. He smacked the s— out of me. He just caught me pretty good,” Irving said.

If Irving would happen to miss some time it could be a big opportunity for Terry Rozier to find his game, after being moved back to the bench with Irving’s return. Last year in Irving absence Rozier had a career year, making big shots in the postseason while coming one game away from reaching the NBA Finals alongside Jayson Tatum and Brown. Rozier has struggled offensively coming off the bench, he’s played 22 minutes a game as opposed to the 33 minutes he played last year as a starter. Off the bench he’s averaging 8.6 points per game and 2.6 assists per game.

 

 

 

Celtics/76ers Series Take

The Boston Celtics open up the semifinals against the Philly 76ers, setting up for a surely epic matchup.

After the past 10 games, the 76ers are 7-3 going up against the Celts who posted a 6-4 run the last 10.

The Celtics square up decently against the 76ers, but they will really need find that dominant player on the offensive side of the ball.

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The 76ers offense moves at its smoothest with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, which does not poise well for the injury prone Celtics already playing without Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and possibly Jaylen Brown. Players like Terry Rozier, and Jayson Tatum, give the Celtics hope each game with massive contributions from the other starters and role players.

If the Celts were healthy I’d say the Celts in 6 but unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

If the Celtics do play without Jaylen Brown, then the 76ers should have no problem beating the Celts barring any late minute comebacks. With Kyrie, the Celtics would be even better, making a harder push against the 76ers which is amazing considering the Celtics are already good without all their star pieces missing. The Celtics are a great team and hopefully prove me wrong.

I can see the Sixers losing early to the Celts due to the home court advantage. The young Sixers will be nervous, trying to combat the crowd and the solid play that the Celtics can give teams, especially at home. I still think the 76ers will pull out the victory in game 1.

At some point the 76ers will slip up due to their youth (maybe Game 1) but I’m going with the 76ers in 6 here.

The Sixers seem to always start the game as the underdog, trailing in the first half but it’s always W at the end of the game.

Predictions

Game 1 in Boston – 76ers

Game 2 in Boston – Celtics

Game 3 in Philly – 76ers

Game 4 in Philly – 76ers

Game 5 in Boston – Celtics

Game 6 in Boston – 76ers

Boston Celtics: A Team With A Bright Future

The Boston Celtics are 15-2 and hold the best record in the NBA.

Let me say that a little bit louder for the people in the back. The Boston Celtics, the same Image result for boston celticsteam that traded away Isiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, and Jae Crowder and let many others walks. A team that had a complete makeover to a roster that includes 4 new people in the starting line up. A roster that now includes Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Jayson Tatum. That same team that has lost Gordon Hayward for the year and also lost Kyrie for a game during a winning streak. Yes, this team is, by record, the best team in the NBA.

 

When the Celtics first signed Gordon Hayward, many thought they would definitely put up a good fight with the Cavaliers for the best team in the eastern conference. Many also wondered how the lineups would work with the abundance of wings they had at the time including Jaylen Brown, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, and their rookie Jayson Tatum. They answered those questions quickly by making many trades that not only solved lineup issues but gave them draft picks as well. They traded away Jae Crowder and Isiah Thomas for Kyrie Irving after he requested a trade from the Cavs. They also traded away Avery Bradley and received Marcus Morris in return.

 

Now with a new big three in Irving, Hayward, and Horford, the Celtics were really Image result for boston celticsstarting to look like a threat in their starting lineup even if they let go of some of their depth on the bench. In the first game of the season, they already had their first test. At first, it was facing off against Lebron James and the Cavs, but really it became how can the team perform without their star Gordon Hayward. The answer to that is that they can do just fine without out him. And to add to that they even won a game without Kyrie against the Raptors. Besides the team winning without their stars the scariest thing is how young the team is.

 

The oldest player on the team is Al Horford, who is 31.Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) and Jaylen Brown (7) celebrate after Tatum scored during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in New York. The Celtics won 109-102.

Kyrie Irving is 25, Gordon Hayward is 27, Marcus Smart is 23, Jaylen Brown in 21 and
Jayson Tatum is 19. This team has a young core that is built to contend for years down the line. They are built to contend when the warriors are not a massive threat anymore. Truthfully Danny Ainge and the Celtics have built a young dynasty that in a few years can bring some championships to Boston. But it does not just stop at the players and the many future draft picks this team has.

 

The basketball mind of Brad Stevens has made the Celtics a better team right now then maybe what they should be. He makes players better. A perfect example would be looking at Kyrie Irving. For his entire career people have said he is an amazing offensive player but his defense is lacking. 16 games into his career with the Boston Celtics and you can see an improvement in his defense. A player like him works in Stevens defensive-minded scheme. Quick rotations around screens along with having defensive minded players on the court such as Marcus Smart make Kyrie better.

 

If the Boston Celtics win a championship within the next 5 years and the roster includes Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, with Brad Stevens as the coach still(and don’t forget all of those draft picks). We will look back on this day and talk about how smart Danny Ainge is for drafting and making a championship caliber team.

 

Thursday Night Preview: Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks

This Thursday, The 2-2 Celtics will play the surging 3-1 Milwaukee Bucks in an Eastern Conference matchup with possible playoff implications in store for the game. This will be the second meeting of the season between these two contending teams.

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When looking at their team record and the scoreboards, the Boston Celtics look like they don’t have too much to worry about. However, the devastating injury to Boston’s recently signed forward Gordon Hayward has been a major blow to Boston’s roster. However, in his absence, second-year guard Jaylen Brown has been at the forefront of the offense for Boston, which comes as a surprise given the efforts to obtain an offensive stud in point guard Kyrie Irving during the offseason. With 18.8 points per game on the season so far, Jaylen Brown has been showing glimpses of the star that a lot of draft experts believed for him to be.

Along with Brown’s ability on offense, a combination of guard Terry Rozier’s on-ball defense coming off the bench and the length that rookie forward Jayson Tatum offers on both sides of the floor have kept this team playing at a high level. With all of this young talent present on the team, it’s easy to forget that the Boston Celtics have an elite point guard in Kyrie Irving, along with star Center Al Horford to round out a Boston team primed to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference crown.

The Celtics are coming off of a blowout 110-89 victory over the struggling New York Knicks. The aforementioned Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Kyrie Irving all scored over 20 points in the convincing win.

The Milwaukee Bucks


The Milwaukee Bucks finished last season as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, and with the way they have played so far this season, they look poised to finish significantly higher in the standings. The Bucks young core that was on display last season is back at it again, with potential stars like a guard and reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and forward Khris Middleton.

Also, it doesn’t hurt to have the early favorite to win league MVP this year on your team in forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who currently leads the league in scoring with 38.3 points per game so far on the season. His length, along with his ability to defend all 5 positions on the court, has done wonders for Milwaukee, and the team is going to try to ride that wave for as long as they can.

The Milwaukee Bucks, like the Celtics, are coming off of a victory, after the Bucks defeated the Charlotte Hornets 103-94 on Monday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Khris Middleton was also a scoring presence for the team, dropping 20 points during the game.

WHAT HAPPENED LAST MEETING?

In what was Milwaukee’s first game of the regular season and Boston’s second, The Bucks took on the Celtics at the TD Garden in Boston, where the Bucks defeated the Celtics 108-100. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for Milwaukee, scoring 37 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Jaylen Brown led the way for Boston offensively, scoring 18 points.

You can find the recap of this game here:

Bucks Vs. Celtics: Oct. 18

PREDICTION

Boston has recovered well from losing Gordon Hayward to injury. Jaylen Brown has stepped up in a big way. Jayson Tatum is looking more and more like the top three pick he is as the season progresses. Kyrie Irving looks poised to dominate now that he is no longer in the shadow of LeBron James. However, Milwaukee is red hot, and as of right now, it looks like nobody is able to stop Giannis Antetokounmpo. Riding this wave, it’s a safe bet to say Milwaukee will win in Milwaukee in a close game.

WHEN IS THE GAME?

You can watch this intense matchup Thursday night at 8:00 EST on TNT.