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The Celtics Blew Up Twitter With Their Head-Scratching Draft Picks

By Matt Dolloff, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) -- As I sat in the loge during the Celtics' NBA Draft party, the optimistic buzz quickly morphed into a palpable outrage once the Celtics not only kept their No. 3 pick without making a trade but used the pick to select forward Jaylen Brown out of Cal.

Despite some scattered excitement over people who "know" about Brown as a player, most fans in the Garden were baffled by the pick. If you listen closely, you can almost hear the toilet flush on the Celtics' offseason.

Things got even worse when the Celtics made what pretty much everyone agrees was a reach of a pick with French forward Guerschon Yabusele. Not only was Yabusele ranked as a second round pick in most experts' mock drafts, his name is one of the hardest to pronounce of all prospects. Shouldn't be an issue with sports talk radio around here!

Here is a sampling of how others in the Boston area instantly reacted to the pick:

The Yabusele pick essentially cleared fans out of the TD Garden, even though the Celtics had six more picks to make. All in all, a frustrating fireworks-less night for the C's and one that leaves the team with more questions than answers and little in the way of immediate help.

Here's to hoping Danny Ainge proves everyone wrong with the Brown pick. ... Will be interesting when we find that out in six years.

Matt Dolloff is a writer for His opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CBS or 98.5 The Sports Hub. Have a news tip or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff and email him at

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