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Sizing up the Boston Celtics competitors: Mailbag solutions (Half 3 of three)

I simply couldn’t match these in with the remainder of the questions.

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Which workforce from the East do you suppose could be the hardest matchup for the Celtics within the playoffs?


Which workforce is the largest hurdle to the celtics successful the chip this 12 months? I’m not simply speaking about information however who has the celtics mentally beat or has the instruments (gamers, teaching, system) to offer the celtics suits?

the bucks gave us the largest beatdown this 12 months however i’m not afraid of them. The warmth or warriors concern me extra.

Let’s energy rank these groups (by Convention)

Disclaimer – that is Jeff’s opinion solely and never reflective of anybody else and shouldn’t be used for playing functions… largely as a result of playing is dumb (sorry SBN sponsors).

Japanese Convention:

Milwaukee Bucks – I actually wish to write them off as a result of within the playoffs they gained’t have the ability to guard the perimeter. I wish to imagine {that a} first 12 months coach goes to have a tough time performing within the playoffs. I wish to scoff and level out that Kris Middleton hasn’t been the identical and the depth falls off a cliff after him.

However largely I simply need them to lose early within the playoffs as a result of on the finish of the day they’ve Giannis and Dame and typically all you want is 2 superstars going supernova on the proper time.

Miami Warmth – Jimmy, Bam, Spo, and 6 guys picked up from the GLeague are greater than able to successful any given playoff collection (or possibly 2 or 3). Sure, that is me admitting that the Warmth take up residence in my head. It isn’t rent-free although. Within the final a number of season they’ve put down a deposit and several other months lease in money. They earned that.

Philadelphia 76ers – Sure they’ve the reigning MVP and he’s going to get his factors towards anybody. What actually scares me about this workforce is the way in which that Maxey has emerged. He’s simply the type of irrepressible slasher that the Celtics have all the time struggled with. And in the event that they add one other weapon on the commerce deadline, they’ll be much more harmful within the playoffs.

Indiana Pacers – Tyrese Haliburton had this workforce clicking on all cylinders earlier than getting harm. Coach Rick Carlisle empowered him and the remainder of the offense to make stunning music collectively. I don’t suppose they play sufficient protection to be an actual critical menace within the East however they’ll make life depressing for anybody enjoying them within the playoffs. Replace: Now that they’ve added Siakam, there’s much more cause to have them ranked this excessive. That’s only a good match for them going ahead.

New York Knicks – Between Jalen Brunson and Coach Thibbs, this workforce isn’t going to again down from anybody. Randle is a little bit of a wildcard (for good or unhealthy) however OG Anunoby is simply the proper addition for them. I additionally like Hart, Grimes, and Treasured. I don’t know if they’ve sufficient high stage expertise simply but, however they’ll be a really robust out for anybody.

Cleveland Cavaliers – This workforce is the polar reverse of the Knicks. There’s a variety of high finish expertise, however in some way they haven’t found out learn how to make all of it work. I’m very comfortable that they didn’t add somebody like Anunoby that might have linked issues effectively. I nonetheless imagine in Mobley long run, however he may want a barely completely different forged round him to completely notice his potential. In fact as quickly as I put them this low on the record, watch them be that one workforce that goes on a run within the playoffs.

Honorable point out: Orlando Magic – In all probability a 12 months or two away from being really harmful, however these guys can play already. Banchero generally is a star, Wagner is legit, and in the event that they discover any taking pictures to go round these guys, be careful. Plus they all the time play the Celtics effectively, which has my respect.

Western Convention:

Denver Nuggets – Champs. Finest participant alive. Sufficient mentioned.

OKC Thunder – The time is now. Except it’s subsequent 12 months. Nevertheless it could possibly be now. However Jokic. However possibly. We’ll see.

Minnesota Timberwolves – Protection wins championships. Ant Edwards is the actual deal. Did I point out that they play protection?

LA Clippers – Talking of protection, when you’ve gotten a wholesome (knock on wooden) Kawhi and Paul George, you’ve gotten a very good probability at enjoying some good protection. Add in a revitalized James Harden (knock on wooden) and a terrific coach and also you’ve acquired a workforce to recon with. Simply maintain a variety of wooden merchandise round.

Honorable point out: That is the place I’m legally obligated to acknowledge that Steph Curry and LeBron James are too good to fully rule out.

It’ll be a enjoyable 2nd half of the season. Can’t wait to see how the playoffs form up.

Thanks for all of the questions everybody! Let’s do that once more.



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