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Boston Celtics And The Hype

Boston Celtics, Will They Live Up To The Hype?

For the last couple of seasons, the Boston Celtics have been able to exceed expectations. But will the upcoming season change all of that?

For starters, this is no longer an underdog team in the Eastern Conference. In the past two off seasons, they have added the No.3 overall pick in the draft and signed one of if the not the biggest free agents on the market. Expectations headed into this season will be high. Maybe not banner 18 level, but they are getting there.

The turmoil that is surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers has been greatly overblown. Kyrie Irving might want out, but the Cavs have yet to do that and in theory, could just hold onto the star guard. Even if Irving is moved and the Cavs get some type of modest return, Cleveland will still be a good team. They have one of if not the best player in the NBA, LeBron James.

James, with or without Irving will have a strong supporting cast vying for the top spot in the East.

Boston has a starting unit highlighted by Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, and the newly acquired Gordon Hayward. Around them are a solid supporting cast in Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Jae Crowder. A lineup that will have the chance to repeat as the top seed in the East.

James, with or without Irving will have a strong supporting cast vying for the top spot in the East.

Even if Boston has a great year, a lot has to happen for them to take over Cleveland as the Eastern Conferences best team. Expectations can be tough. Some will call for an East Finals win this season, but that seems like an overstep.

If the Celtics make it to the East Finals and run the series full on a team like Cleveland, will that be considered a success?

In my mind, it would be. Making it to the NBA finals is a possibility, but is a bit of a reach unless Cleveland trades Irving and gets an awful return.

For Boston, the goal should be to get better, develop the young players, and look at the following season as the load up for banner 18.

Boston Celtics And The Hype
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