Expectations generally is a humorous factor. They will change over time based mostly on circumstances and sudden developments. In the beginning of the yr, we had one expectation for the common season. That didn’t go so nice. Now we now have extra info and extra context. So the underside line query is, what are your expectations for the playoffs?
Everyone seems to be completely different and I’m positive the solutions will vary everywhere in the map on this one. In a single excessive, there are folks that (not with out purpose) will merely assume that this crew hasn’t confirmed that they are going to be capable to get out of the primary spherical in opposition to any opponent.
On the opposite excessive are individuals who nonetheless imagine that this crew is championship or bust. I’d personally make clear that banners are at all times the “objective” however not at all times the expectation in a given season. Not everybody will agree.
I believe I fall someplace within the gray center between these extremes. I imagine this crew is healthier than their document would point out. I additionally suppose they’ve a really slim margin of error. We’ve seen far too typically how ill-equipped this crew is to take care of accidents. If a starter or two are out and we now have to depend on guys like Grant Williams or Semi Ojeleye within the beginning lineup, that isn’t an ideal formulation. Not solely is the beginning lineup restricted, the very skinny bench will get even thinner.
Nonetheless, when you trot out the evergreen caveat of “if at full well being” (by no means a given with this crew), then the Celtics may conceivably match up with anybody. Kemba has nights when he appears to be like just like the outdated Kemba (as a substitute of simply outdated) and he’ll be taking part in each night time within the playoffs. Including Evan Fournier to the bench provides us the scoring punch that we’d like on that 2nd unit.
For me, I’d be disillusioned if we didn’t get out of the primary spherical and make a “good exhibiting” within the 2nd spherical. Who is aware of? We would even catch just a few breaks and get again to the Japanese Convention Finals once more. Nonetheless, I preserve coming again to that margin of error factor and I really feel like I’ve to hedge my bets, so to talk.
What about you? How far do you count on the Celtics to get this yr?