It’s been a bumpy year for the Boston Celtics, but as the playoffs come around what can fans expect from this team?
It’s been a weird season, right? A Boston Celtics team that was supposed to just steamroll over everyone because of the sheer talent they have ended up battling themselves on a nightly basis.
Defensive lapses, offensive mistakes and chemistry questions plagued this C’s squad as the year went on. Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge were both put under the scope, Kyrie Irving couldn’t get away from criticism at every turn, and Gordon Hayward was unfairly expected to perform at a pre-injury level.
Yeah, it’s been wild.
But the playoffs are almost here!
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the guys in green seem to be rounding into shape. Gordon Hayward is looking like the All-Star from Utah, the Jays are finding themselves, Al Horford is being that steady anchor who’s starting to turn it up.
And Kyrie Irving is just doing Kyrie Irving things, and playoff Kyrie? It’s going to be awesome to see this guy back in the postseason.
The Boston Celtics first opponent will be an Indiana Pacers team that’s missing its star player in Victor Oladipo.
It’s a team the C’s have gotten to know pretty well and have played some good basketball against. Make no mistake though, the Pacers are a gritty team that isn’t going to lay down and let people walk over them.
It’s going to be a good first round match up and the Celtics having home court for it is important. The more games a team can play at home during the playoffs, the better.
This team can still make the NBA Finals, and it hasn’t seemed like it as the season has gone on but there’s still the talent and everything looks to be tying together at just the right time.
As the regular season ends against the Washington Wizards, the Boston Celtics will look to climb the Eastern Conference playoff mountain and accomplish what everyone thought they would at the start of the season.