Here is Part 2 of my annual Celtics predictions series. Here I'll be giving my educated (very educated) prediction on just how far I believe the Celtics will make it when it comes to the playoff time. If you missed Part 1 going over my regular season predictions check that out HERE
The Celtics, despite all their talent this season, are going to have a tough time competing against the Eastern Conference's top two teams. Not that they can’t beat the Bucks or 76ers in a single game – they absolutely can. But in a seven-game playoff series, Boston might ultimately find that an impact big man is essential in neutralizing Joel Embiid or Giannis Antetokounmpo. These are two players that have punished the Celtics in the past, both in the regular season and in the playoffs – and that was with Al Horford on the roster to anchor the defense.
Alright, so if you are new here, every year (past four years) I have given my Celtics season predictions in a four-part series. First, which is what we are hitting today, is all about the regular season. Second is the playoffs. Third, the breakout players and the fourth is usually tied to whom I think might dud this season. So without further ado, let's get into it.
When it became clear that Kyrie Irving wasn't returning to Boston, the fan base didn't react like one normally would at the departure of a star of his caliber. Yes, there was anger at the way he had handled things, but there was little disappointment or sadness. Instead, it was more of a sigh of relief after the many headaches we endured throughout his roller-coaster of a tenure in Boston. Additionally, fans were able to take comfort in the fact that nearly every report out of Boston seemed to indicate that Al Horford, arguably the team's most irreplaceable player, would return on a team-friendly deal. Then, in what felt like the blink of an eye, he too was gone.
With preseason underway and just 15 days until opening night in Philadelphia, Brad Stevens and the Celtics have some questions to answer. Maybe the biggest of those remaining questions is regarding who will be the starting center, and while that answer has yet to be given, many fans certainly know who they don't want to start. If Brad Stevens' comments to the media today carry as much weight as they seem to, those fans might just be getting their wish.
Javonte Green created some serious buzz after the Celtics' 107-106 win over Charlotte in their Preseason Opener. Green played just 11 minutes, but recorded 15 points af he was perfect from the field, including what felt like a million dunks. So, because of that buzz and due to that impressive performance could we see Javonte Green bump Tacko Fall out of consideration for that last roster spot?
THE CELTICS ARE BACK. FINALLY. Well, kind of... at least preseason basketball is back and that will do just fine for now. We finally got a glimpse of this new team, as they took down the Bumble Bees 107-106.
One of the biggest detriments to the Celtics success last season was having too many mouths to feed in terms of playing time and shot attempts, and the palpable tension amongst the team that was created from that issue. With a revamped roster, it's possible that some of those problems may go out the window. Although the Celtics certainly lost a lot of talent over the offseason with Irving, Horford, Rozier, Morris and Baynes heading out the door, having less people to satisfy could potentially lead to a better on-court outcome despite the overall talent drop-off.
Too many Boston fans, and NBA fans in general, have cast out Gordon Hayward... So here is a video of him dropping 40 in a playoff game to remind you what this guy can do...