Ah, the optimism of youth, right, Boston Celtics fans?
Coming off a rookie campaign that saw the Celtics lose 57 games, backup point guard Phil Pressey could easily talk about how the Boston Celtics are a young team that is just looking to go out there, play hard and compete night in and night out.
Instead, Pressey told Celtics reporter Emily Austen that he (and apparently the rest of his teammates) has one goal for 2014-2015:
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) July 30, 2014
Say what, Phil?!?
I want to make the playoffs. I know the rest of my teammates to make the playoffs as well. So that’s what we’re going into, to try to do a lot better than we did last year.
That’s our main focus, to improve every single day, like I said, and make the playoffs. That’s the fun part. I haven’t been a part of it. A lot of my teammates have, but we have young guys who haven’t. We’re just trying to get there and work from there.
Gotta love the positive outlook, and let’s be clear: this is not last year’s Boston Celtics. With Marcus Smart impressing people as a member of the USA Select Team, with both Rajon Rondo and Vitor Faverani hopefully staying healthy enough to play the majority of the season, and with the additions of Tyler Zeller and Evan Turner, this Celtics squad could have made the playoffs last season . . . but the Eastern Conference now has at least nine teams that have the inside track over the Boston Celtics when it comes to making the playoffs, thanks to LeBron James‘ return to Cleveland.
Stranger things have happened, though – but if I had to make a pick, I would say the Celtics will finish 10th in the Eastern Conference next season. I only plan on changing this prediction 20 more times this summer.