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The National Basketball Players Association this past Friday released their own awards for the 2016-17 NBA season. These awards are unique in the sense that they are voted on solely by fellow NBA players. One of Friday’s awarded recipients was none other than Isaiah Thomas, taking home the ‘Most Clutch’ award.


Until just a couple of days ago, this would have been another high talking point for Celtics fans in what was considered a rather successful season for team. But of course, Isaiah Thomas is no longer a Boston Celtic. In the biggest move of the offseason, the Celtics traded away Thomas as part of a package to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. Therefore, Thomas' clutch playmaking ability will now be working against them.

However, in adding Kyrie Irving, the Celtics acquired another clutch talent. I'm sure you remember Irving's game-sealing 3-pointer in Game 7 of the 2015-16 NBA Finals. So, while they lost one talented, clutch player in Isaiah Thomas, they added Kyrie Irving who has shown he can perform on the biggest of stages.

These two teams get to open up the 2017-18 NBA season against each other. And while the matchup was already intriguing before this trade, things just turned up a notch. Both organizations will be impacted by this trade for years to come, and we get to watch the beginning of it all on October 17th when they tip off.

Photo: Greg M. Cooper / USA TODAY Sports
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Spencer Strange 8/25/2017 06:50:00 AM Edit
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