Anyone buying Celtics yet
I think they are going to be in the finals. Garnett is money at the 5. Rondo is ballin, Pierce is clutch. The bench is straight. They have the best coach in the league.
80% of their losses are on back to back games they will be dangerous in the playoffs
They may be contenders but they are certainly no favourite, i think they would have a hard time against a big frontline, but the good thing is that none of the elite teams in the east has that big scary frontline a la LA, so i think they can go to the final but they are still a notch behind Bulls and Heat in my mind and it would be an upset if they went to the final =)
It all comes down to whether or not they can remain healthy, and what round they face Miami. If they don't face Miami until the ECF I can see them at least getting that far, hard to see a healthy Celtics losing to the Bulls in a 7 game series.
two convincing wins over MIA made me a believer. They execute teams to death and they took away(slowed) MIA's transition game.
I will definitely say that nobody wants to see them in the playoffs.
Its hard to stop a team that's on fire late in the season. If they continue their momentum and carry it into the playoffs I can see them getting as far as ECF but losing in 6 or 7 games to either the Bulls or Heat. Rondo has been playing out of his mind lately and it seems like the chemistry and tempo has improved since Avery Bradley was inserted into the lineup. Ray Allen is and always will be a champ but he's definitely lost a step so its almost better to bring him in as a 6th man and have him lead the second unit on offense. Coaching decisions like those are whats key in the playoffs.
He will make moves like Ray to the bench and Allen is a pro. 7 game series they will be tough. Wade and Lebron said it Bradley holding his own as a starter changes that team.
I think they can beat the Heat, but have no idea how they'd match up with the Bulls bulk.
I watched them play the Heat the other night, and I was impressed. They looked like a different team than they did at the start of the year. I don't think they'll be in the Finals, but any team that dares sleep on them in the playoffs is getting ousted.
KG has been playing great lately, too, and I love Ray Allen off the bench with Bradley improving and gaining confidence with more minutes with the 1st team.
I can't look up stats but I swear KG makes Bosh his biotch everytime they play
All you need in the NBA is 7 or 8 guys. The Celtics have Rajon Rondo who is having an MVP-type year, Kevin Garnett in the middle, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce who is still a top 5 small forward. They have 4 go to scorers and a great point guard.
Outside of that they have the young Avery Bradley, a very solid power forward in Brandon Bass who is not bad as a 4th or 5th option, and Greg Stiemsma who can block some shots.
This has been one pain in the butt season with a ton of games every week so the playoffs might actually be easier. They have a great Big Three even if they are old they are great fundamental basketball players who can get you a shot. And Rondo is one of the best players in the league. So they have 3 scorers and another all-star to form a very good Big Four. Only OKC (KD, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka) and Memphis (Randolph, Rudy Gay, Gasol, and Conley) have better big four's. The Celtics might not be deep after their top 7 or 8 but playoff teams usually shorten their rotation any way.
It might be a good year for the old, veteran teams. The Spurs are playing very well and have a great team approach with a quality bench. Their veteran big three of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili is still potent. Plus, they have Kawhi Leonard who is a young guy who can shake things up.
Out West you also have the Lakers who have a very good Big Three with Kobe, Bynum, and Gasol. Kobe has been pushing it and forcing shots, and Pau hasn't been his usual understatedly brilliant self, but Bynum is a total beast and is the best legit 7 footer in the league (I think Dwight is an inch or two shorter than AB). Metta World Peace is the wildcard. If he can defend, board, and give the Lakers 10-12 points a game the Lakers will be another veteran team who will give ESPN's darling's (the Thunder) trouble.
Whoever wins the West might really be beaten up. Heck, even Denver looks scary with Gallo possibly coming back, speed demon Ty Lawson in the backcourt, a cagey Andre Miller, a couple of solid 2 guards and a scary, athletic 3 big man rotation of Kenneth Faried, Javale McGhee, and Chris "Birdman" Anderson. I could see them stealing a couple of first round games and making things very interesting.
So the East might actually be easier if the Celtics get a 4 seed or a 3 seed if they can put away their first round opponent in 4 games or 5 games. The Bulls look tough, but they only have one legit shot creator in Derrick Rose, and he has been battling injuries all year. As I said during last year's playoff series between the Bulls and the Pacers, the Bulls remind me of LeBron's Cavs teams who had a true legit superstar surrounded by a bunch of glorified role players who hustled, defended, and hit timely shots along the way to great regular seasons. But, in the playoffs you need more than one guy. In the playoffs EVERYBODY hustles and defends. And those timely shots are defended better and don't go in as easily. So even though LeBron could do everything he couldn't will his team to a title by himself. Rose is a similar type player, but LeBron is 6'8 or 6'9 while Rose is closer to 6'2 or so. I think the Celtics can beat them in 6 or 7.
The Heat look great and are deeper than they were last year with the additions of Battier and Turiaf (plus Norris Cole) and Haslem (as well as Mike Miller) aren't recovering from injuries like they were last year. LeBron has been killing people but if I were a Heat fan I would be concerned that at some point, Mr. James starts to run of gas. And while the Heat have been better this year, D Wade hasn't. He is not at the top of his game. Has his career peaked?
If the Heat play the Knicks in the first round I expect the Heat to win but it could be a LONG 6 game series with several games coming down to the wire. It should be a physically- and emotionally- draining series.
The X factor of a potential Heat/Celtics matchup would be Avery Bradley. If he can slow down D Wade or LeBron then I really like the Celtics chances. Bradley and Rondo would then give Boston two really good perimeter defenders. And they would still have KG who is a very good interior defender. There would be more pressure on Miami to win, and I think Boston "is just happy to be here." It would be kind of neat to see the Big Three get one more ring. They could then go out on top and ride off into the sunset. Bill Russell famously left the game as a winner, and if you think about it, Larry Bird's last games were a member of the 1992 Dream Team. So one storyline here is that the veteran Celtics could win another ring with the Big Three retiring as champs and making it something of a Celtics tradition.
Boshasaurus vs KG head to head
They might have a better shot against the Heat than the Bulls. I really couldn't be less worried about them as a Bulls fan, they just aren't a good matchup against us, and haven't won in Chicago since like 2009.
Boston have hit form at the right time but until we see hoe seedings 3 to 6 shake out, it's hard to predict just who has the best chance. KG has found form recently and moving Ray Allen to the bench may be a masterstroke, if Ray gets time against 2nd units then he could score fairly heavily.
The Celtics are in a no-lose situation really, they will have cap space in the summer so can look in another direction if things don't pan out and this could be a no pressure final shot for a few of their roster. Look at the pressure on Miami and LeBron needing a title, Orlando need to do something to convince Dwight to stay, Chicago as possible top seeds would be expected to reach the Conference Finals. Whilst Boston got their title a few years ago so the KG, Ray Allen gamble paid off, they have much more experience in the play offs than say Indiana and Philly also.
A team which no-one really mentioned is the Pacers who whilst I saw them as a play off team and having a winning season, they now sit as 3rd seeds out East and could well make Conference Semi-Finals at least. Getting past Miami might be hard but they have some nasty match ups and a deep bench so in my eyes they have gone from making up the numbers to possible dark horses to progress further than a lot of us assume.
I like Chicago against the C's but not be worried is foolish cause Rose is not healthy.
Have you watched them play without Rose?