Author: @b_sam54

Brad Stevens Named Coach of the Month

Brad Stevens has been named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. According the nba.com, “The fifth-year Celtics coach guided his squad to a league-best 19-4 record during the first month and a half of the 2017-18 season, despite dealing with a plethora of unexpected obstacles”. Some notes: Brad and the team overcame the Gordon Hayward injury (so far). They added 10 new players during the offseason. The team’s margin of Victory is 7 point per game (teamrankings.com). The team’s opponents points per game is first in the league (teamrankings.com). Brad and the Celtics produced a 16 game win streak....

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Would the Celtics Be Better with Gordon Hayward?

Just over two months ago expectations for the Celtics’ were sky-high. A hugely productive off-season that brought Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to Boston also brought massive expectations. The Garden was loud on opening night. But just a few minutes into the game, Gordon Hayward came crashing down and so did the Celtics. We were done. There goes our pick. We lost the game. Our team is lost. For Celtics fans, that was a dark day. But now, the Celtics boast a league leading 19 wins with only 4 losses. So that begs the question: would the Celtics be better...

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Kyrie and IT Trade Reactions

It’s been a wild 24 hours for the Celtics, after an off season that has already give Celtics fans a some cause to order that celebratory drink.  In fact, we just posted “Way-to0-early predictions” and you can’t help but ask if this team adds a few more Ws to our Celtics’ cause. Chris and I found ourselves debating the merits of IT, the trade and their histories and decided to take it public so you can weigh in.  But, before we get started, let’s say a collective THANK YOU to Isaiah Thomas.  He brought it for the fans and...

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Way-too-early NBA predictions on the 2017 Celtics

Enthusiasm for a season hasn’t been this high since the Big 3 came to town, but with some young studs, proven veterans and our second free agent in as many seasons, we have plenty to be excited about.   A lot of people feel that tipping the scales at 53 wins and the #1 season was an over achievement – so if the Celtics simply’ achieve’ how much more can we expect?  I hit the streets, Twitter, and my fantasy football league (they like the Celtics too) to find out fan predictions for the 2017 season. Survey says… “I...

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Which Boston Celtics’ Player Reaches New Heights in 2017 NBA Season

As a team, the Celtics have improved a lot over the 2016-2017 squad.  Considering they were the number-one seed in the east and went to the conference finals, it’s very impressive.  This group is especially interesting to most fans. With the added veteran talent, Boston has a lot of young players who could take the leap.  Currently, 10 of the players on Boston’s payroll are working through their first four years in the league. We’ve also brought in Gordon Hayward who will help everyone create his own shot.  To dive in-more, I reached out to the BostonSportsExtra.com staff, a...

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Positions

  It used to be called “overloaded at the position.”  And when you couldn’t draft your need you “picked the best available.”  Then, if someone was under 6’3″ and couldn’t bring the ball up the court but could shoot, you had a “tweener.”  Suddenly, this always-avoided situation has become desirable and sexy. Position-less basketball has taken hold and it’s exactly what we’re going to see this year. As a Celtics fan, I love it. We’re looking at a team and a league that have finally realized (some sarcasm coming) that putting your five best players on the court (‘cause...

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