I think we should play whoever we draw. Avoiding games is for cowards! You also get a false sense of how good you are you by beating teams you match up against. Play through everyone to see what to do for next year.
This is my thinking right here. To be the best, you gotta beat the best.
And being tested only gets them stronger...like the Chicago scare
I would agree if the Celts are not a flawed team.
It's obvious the Celts are not the best team in the NBA this season.
So why pretend that the Celts are the best?
Being smart will give the Celtic fans more games to watch.
This current Celts team is a flawed team.
It's built to beat the Warriors, not teams with quality bigs.
The saving grace is that all teams have flaws, there's no such thing as a perfect team. The stronger teams struggle with chemistry and decisions too.
So if they come together like they did against GS, i'm ok with their chances.
The issue is only how bad they want it.
And not only that...no matter how many allstars a team has, only 5 are out there and only one has the ball.
But ever since the Celts assembled a Big 3 in 2007-08, every team that won a championship usually had multiple All-Stars.
The NBA is a star driven league.
When was the last time a team with only one All-Star won a championship?
You already have 3 stars if you can identify them.
4 with Al.
I didn't even mention Gordan did I? He's like the forgotten man to me so that's 5...and then Smart improving his shot is just as quality a player as anyone.
Greed and impatience is gonna kill this team, fanbase, and Danny.
The Warriors were waiting for them, and they still disrupted what the champs wanted to do.
Busting up this team will be the silliest thing that Danny has ever done...and there's alot to choose from there
This season the Bucks, Sixers, and Raptors all had 2 All-Stars in the All-Star game.
The Celts only had one, Kyrie.
Al and Gordon are former All-Stars and they sure are not putting up All-Star numbers this season.
Tatum will be a future All-Star.
But he's not there yet.
And if you're including Jaylen Brown as a star player, that's a stretch.
Again the closest example is San Antonio 2014. Tony Parker was their only All Star in 2014 and averaged 16ppg, though they had a future HOF in Tim Duncan averaging 15ppg in the twilight of his career. Then you had Manu who had been picked to a couple of All-Star games prior, he was averaging around 12ppg. Kawhi wasn't an All Star yet, he averaged 12ppg like Manu.
I agree it's a star driven league, but but's not just about the star power, it's how they mesh well. You could collect All Stars in a team and make it like an NBA2k superteam but if there's no chemistry or togetherness they're not going very far (e.g. OKC last season).