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2017 Boston Celtics, Everything Is Awesome



“Everything is awesome, everything is cool when your part of a team”

That line that song is the definition of what the 2017 Boston Celtics are at this time. Everyone from fans to the media have been pumping this team up like everything is perfect. Every story seems to be saying that every player is set on having career years and there aren’t any issues outside of the need for a big man.

Now the purpose of this piece isn’t to say the new Celtics team will suck. But to say they have no issues is a disastrous way that could set the team up for failure. How will the rotations work? Will Brad Stevens shorten up his 10 man rotations? In the past, he has run with a deeper bench. But now with real star players Stevens should shorten up his rotation.

Other questions are which players earn minutes. What role will Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have? Will Marcus Smart earn a long-term contract, or is this it for him?

How will the personalities work? There are a ton of new interesting dynamics that Brad Stevens will have to deal with. In terms of playing basketball the Celtics still have an issue in the rebounding department and defensively they are going to have issues.

The 2017 Celtics are not perfect, nor should they be. The hype around the team is real and big with true superstars entering the fold. There are plenty of questions that need answering and it is important to temper expectations.

This team will be good, but their potential won’t be known till later in the season. Don’t judge them on their first 40 or so games, wait and watch for the back half of the season, the part where Champions are defined.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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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



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



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 Bird-Paul 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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