Can the Celtics push for a deeper run?
The Boston Celtics are poised for a new run in the 2021-22 season and a lot of fans hope to see better from the team. They had a tough end in the 2021 Playoffs and they want to flip a switch with a revamped roster and a new coach in Ime Udoka to lead the way.
Under coach Brad Stevens’ last run with the team, the C’s were far from their top game and looked like they were limping to play a game. It even got weirder when the team made him their GM instead of firing him. This was a big turn for the team and a big shift for their chances of winning.
Ime is the new man at the helm, and the team hopes he can bring a lot of changes in the coming run. He is good to go and even after a flurry of changes in the roster, Ime may have found a new groove for his squad.
Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are ready to roll as well. As one of the best duos in the league, both stars are keen to prove that Boston has what it takes to win in the playoffs and even bring the team back to the NBA Finals since their 2009 run.
The Celtics are still young, and that matters a lot en route into an Eastern Conference full of stacked teams with veteran stars. Both Tatum and Brown are still under 25 years old, and this proves that the Celtics can still expect a lot from them in the next few years.
Both stars are still improving and they just got into their prime years, so maybe a title is at hand for Boston in the long run. With Kemba Walker out of the team, the Celtics can put more focus on the duo, and this should be the front for the team this season.
Boston is also good at extending plays. Per 100 possessions, Boston had 11.7 second-chance points which is the second-most tally in the league. Their boards have been the best in the East, so this puts more emphasis on how the team brings their big men can be a crucial factor in their success.
With Enes Kanter, the Celtics can also expect to get a lot of those boards in the coming run. He has an improved rate on the offensive boards in each of the last seven seasons. The big man leads the team in second-chance points per 100 possessions with 14.08.
With a new coach to give them a spark, Boston may soon sport a new dog mindset in their players and play rough in their games. This should be the time for the Celtics to shine in their coming games and prove to the rest of the league that they are an elite team.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores