By: Evan Singleton
So I wrote an article earlier this month stating that the Celtics would win the NBA Championship this year. I still stand by that, fully. Now, in that article I explained why it was going to happen and how it could. Well, in this write-up I will be explaining just how possible this thing really is, given what is going on throughout the league.
If you haven't, go ahead and check out the article I alluded towards in the previous paragraph: The Boston Celtics Will Be Your 2017 NBA Champions
So, think I am crazy? Quite honestly, I don't really care what you think. All I care about is the fact that I will be completely right by the end of this NBA season...and that you have given this page a click.
What NBA fans don't realize is that every single team in this league is very vulnerable. Whether it be injury, chemistry issues, fatigue, weather, young guys busting (get you head out of the gutter), coaching drama, or whatever the hell else you can think of. The point is that no NBA team is playing at 100% right now, and I expect that to continue into the playoffs.
As far as the rest of the season goes, my incredibly early predictions of the season are turning out to look pretty good. You can find that article here: Celtics 2016 Season Predictions (Part 1)
Yeah, maybe "good" wasn't the right word to describe those predictions...more like great. Even the home and away records are looking like they will line up well.
Anyways, we are not hear to talk about how I predicted the entire season (though I would love to, in my conceded mind). We are here to talk about what is in front of us. I mentioned the vulnerability of all the teams in the league. Luckily, the Boston Celtics are one of the least vulnerable teams. Their chemistry is through the roof, their young guys are not busting (on the court at least), the coaching drama is not an issue (the Indiana job is not even in Brad's thoughts - per source), and every other aspect of the team is seeming to come together.
Why does this matter? Are you kidding? Vulnerability, seriously? Is this guy serious...?
Yeah, I am serious. So what if that is a obscure word to use when talking about sports, but it is true. If you'd like to replace it with "playing at a team's peak" then so be it. But it does not mean the exact same thing. if you are vulnerable it means you have a weakness. I am not saying the Celtics will be able to exploit weakness, no. I am saying that vulnerability leads to weaknesses being shown on their own.
The Cavs are vulnerable. The Warriors, vulnerable. The Spurs, sorry, not this year guys. The Washington Wizards, hey when did y'all arrive? The Raptors, "LOL" forgot that squad existed. The Rockets, Oh James...when're you going to break down and kill your team's run?
So those are the NBA "favorites" for a lack of a better term. Realistically, the Celtics only need to worry about the Cavs and the Warriors. The rest will take care of itself.
The Cavs' chemistry is just not there. At this time last year, with arguably less talent due to roster and injury, their chemistry was a million times better than it is currently. Mark my words, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a 0% chance of winning an NBA title this year. Now, I do not even think they will make it to the finals, but even if they do they will not win. This team is crumbling. They are not even consistently crumbling. They are all over the place. They are playing terribly, hating each other for it, as well as taking and letting off-court issues onto and affect their play. RIP the 2017 Cavs, they will not be celebrating at the end of this year.
The Warriors... This is where it gets interesting. Why are they vulnerable? Well, quite simply, because they are not ready to do it yet. The highlights are great, but if you watch that team play (and i mean really watch) they are incredibly beatable. Then you throw in the Durant injury to top it all off. Him coming back could potentially hurt them more than help them. Crazy? I think not. He is such a HUGE piece of play when he is on the court, so him coming back and being thrown into the mix could disrupt any sort or form of flow that was going on. Even if he comes back in and meshes well, I still think come playoff time we will be seeing plenty of confusion due to their overly talented roster.
So there you have it. Again, if you want to know about the Celtics specifically in this process, head over to the article I linked. This will happen. I have said it once, I will say it many more times. The Boston Celtics Will be Your NBA Champions.