All right, Celtics Nation: time to see how much Celtics Pride you really have.
In the first part of its annual Summer Forecast series, ESPN provided a forecast for the 2014-2015 Eastern Conference standings.
Not surprisingly, the panel that was surveyed put the Cleveland Cavaliers on top, with a projected 56 wins. Should the Cavaliers actually bring Kevin Love to Cleveland to play alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, that win total actually seems a little low, but even so, there is no doubt that the top sot in the East is now Cleveland’s to take.
What may come as a surprise, depending on whether how you view glasses of water, is that the Boston Celtics were projected to once again finish 12th in the Eastern Conference with a grand total of 28 wins, only 3 more than the Celtics managed during their 2013-2014 campaign.
Now, the Boston Celtics are by no means a playoff team. If you honestly think this squad could be playing in the postseason next year, I have some highly over-priced real estate I would like to sell you.
Still, head coach Brad Stevens managed to have a Boston Celtics team that was led by none other than Jordan Crawford sitting on top of the Atlantic Division early last season, and will now have the luxury of starting the season with point guard Rajon Rondo at his disposal. In addition, Boston has been able to upgrade its situation at the center position with the acquisition of Tyler Zeller, and with Marcus Smart pegged as a possible Rookie of the Year candidate, it’s hard to argue that Boston is not a better team than the 2013-2014 version.
Is ESPN’s projection a case of Boston being overlooked/disrespected, or are the Boston Celtics really only a handful of games better than they were last season?
Vote, and let me hear your thoughts below.
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