Monday, April 28, 2014
The Celtics could be a potential dark horse next season in the Eastern Conference
The Eastern Conference is not even close to the Western Conference as teams go. The Heat's march to the Finals has been fairly easily. The Celtics and Pacers did take the Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012 and 2013. But overall the Heat have an easy go in the East. Especially with the Bulls always mangled and with the Pacers this year losing their sanity. The Western Conference is tough, and Lebron would never go out West. He wants the easy road, and the East is.
Boston finished 25-57 this past season, and I think it's fair to say that the C's won't play any worse next year. Rondo is back, and the young guys should be a year wiser, and more confident in what they can do. Not to mention Brad Stevens will be more seasoned and ready for year two with the Celtics.
The wildcard in the Celtics jump to the playoffs, or contention for that matter will hinge on the summer ahead. Last summer was full of change and "fireworks", and this year could live up to the billing if everything goes according to plan for Danny Ainge. A lot can change this summer. The free agent pool is not great, unless Melo, Lebron, Bosh, and Wade make things entertaining. I would say the odds that the Celtics push for any of those guys is 0%.
I believe Rondo along with Danny hold the key to next season. Rondo's growth and leadership will be tested, and Danny's efforts to build this team will be tested.
In the coming weeks I will cover many topics, besides just the playoffs. There is still much to discuss about the 2014-15 season, and the summer ahead. Stay tuned!