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Celtics Moving Forward with Hayward

But how far?

With Hayward on board, will the Celtics beat the Warriors in the Finals? Can we even get by the Cavs?

My prediction for the 2017-2018 season is that the Celtics make it to the Finals, where they lose to the Warriors in Game 5.

Jaylen Brown’s growth coupled with Tatum’s infusion of offense will give us a new dynamic off of the bench. Taller players in Morris and Baynes should make things much harder for Love and Lebron. Hayward’s excellent shooting will make Thomas more of a threat as well (and vice versa).

Danny Ainge’s plan is coming to fruition. It seems like his fireworks were more of a slow drip. And the Celtics are all the better for it.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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Another Kevin Coming to Title Town?

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Will Durant be the second Kevin to join the Celtics in the last decade? Apparently there is a chance!

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported yesterday that the Celtics are part of a short Durant list that also includes Oklahoma City, Golden State, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami, all awaiting word on meeting dates.

Read more from the Boston Globe

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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Celtics Lose to Warriors

I watched the Celtics game tonight with a good friend. And like any friendship, this game had its highs and lows. Unfortunately for Celtics fans, the Warriors made a few more plays than did the Celtics. Despite what Coach Brad Stevens said, this loss was a win in the moral sense. Momentum and confidence will flow from this tight loss for the rest of the season.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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Flip Saunders – RIP

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Another famous sports coach not named John Farrell has been fighting for his life. Flip Saunders, the GM and Coach of the Timberwolves, has succumbed to Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We sports fans often view athletes and coaches as commodities to criticize on TV or trade to other teams. It was ironically through the trade of Kevin Love, which Saunders refused to make with the Celtics, that I learned a lot about the character of the man. Saunders held out despite huge public pressure, and later received a much better trade package. In his decision as a sports professional, I learned a lot about his character. Saunders was a man who did what he believed was right even in the face of public pressure.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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