Boston Celtics: Could The Bench Make the Playoffs in the Eastern Conference?

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The Boston Celtics enter the season the favorites in the Eastern Conference, loaded with talent on the 15-man roster. While the Boston Celtics stars and starting lineup get the attention, the team’s depth will be one of its biggest strengths.

The Boston Celtics hype train is building momentum, and here at Hardwood Houdini we are stoking the flames in the engine room.

We have high hopes for the Boston Celtics this season. We have high hopes for you–the fans.

Not since Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge traded for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in the same offseason, has the green team come into a season with such high expectations. In 2008, the Celtics met any and all expectations, cruising to a 66-16 record before decimating the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-2, in the NBA Finals.

This season, with the Golden State Warriors casting a huge shadow in the West, the expectations for Brad Stevens and his crew are not quite so high. Still, Boston enters the season with arguably as much talent on the team–top to bottom–as they’ve had in decades.

While the Boston Celtics highly-anticipated starting lineup–Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford–gets most of the attention, Brad Stevens’ bench has the chance to be the best reserve unit in the league.

In fact, the Boston Celtics are probably good enough to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference–even if their starters didn’t play one second this season.

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