The Boston Celtics have had an offseason that has led to mixed reactions from fans and the media. The same is true for other Eastern Conference contenders, as no team has got exponentially better.
With the offseason slowing down, it’s fair to wonder who are the biggest threats to the Cs in the East.
3 teams that should have Boston Celtics fans’ attention are the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, and the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Milwaukee Bucks are an obvious threat to the Boston Celtics because they have a real rivalry. The two teams have matched up in the playoffs three of the last six postseasons, and the Celtics have a 2-1 record in those series. With Jayson Tatum and Giannis Antetokounmpo as top-five players in the NBA, it makes the rivalry that much better.
Although the Bucks have a new coach, they kept their core intact by resigning Khris Middleton and Brooke Lopez. As long as the Bucks, stay healthy, they will be a threat to the Cs, and don’t be surprised if the teams match up in the Conference Finals.
The Miami Heat are a threat to the Celtics and they have been for over a decade. Since the arrival of LeBron James in 2011, the Heat have been a direct threat and rival. Now with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, the Heat is the biggest threat to the Cs in my eyes. The Heat are a huge threat because they take advantage of the Celtics’ biggest weaknesses, which are toughness and clutch play.
The Heat have a chance to be an even bigger threat to the Boston Celtics if they acquire Damian Lillard. If the Heat acquires Lillard, they will be the prohibitive favorite in the East.
Finally, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a threat to the Boston Celtics; but only a minor one. The Cavaliers were 3-1 against the Celtics a year ago, and they seemed to be a bad matchup for the Cs. With how bad the Celtics looked in the postseason, it’s fair to wonder how they would have fared against the Cavs in the playoffs.