Flashback to the Celtics 2021 season:
After one of the most “rollercoaster” like seasons, the Boston Celtics fell way short of the NBA finals. The Celtics started the season off strong, but everything started to go downhill after Jayson Tatum was out for 5 straight games due to Covid. And because injuries being the biggest enemy for the Celtics this past season, they quickly became the underdogs. As Kemba was not able to play back-to-back games due to his ongoing knee injury, Robert Williams with his turf toe injury, and eventually Jaylen Brown’s season-ending wrist surgery, Boston was extremely short-handed. Tatum had to carry most of the workload for his team as the Celtics lacked bench production. Boston became accustomed to blowing leads and/or losing to teams they should not lose to. At the trade deadline this past season, Daniel Theis, Jeff Green, and Javonte Green were traded.
Not even 24 hours after the Celtics being bounced out of the first-round playoffs, Danny Ainge announced that he is stepping down from his role as President of Basketball Operations. So Brad Stevens was promoted from the head coach job to replace Ainge at that position of General Manager. After a handful of interviews with several candidates, Ime Udoka (a former assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets) was chosen to be the next head coach of the Boston Celtics. Kemba was traded, Rob Williams got a 4 year/$54 million extension, and Marcus Smart received a 4 year/$77 million extension. And these are just some of the highlights of the Celtics offseason.
Celtics Upcoming Season Prediction:
Even after the tough season the Celtics had gone through, this next season does not get any easier. Boston will have to play in a league-leading 15 back-to-back games this year. The Celtics’ second/third lineups will have to produce more for their team. And if they don’t, this season will be a repeat of last year. Brown looks to get back to his healthy/100% self. And with him and Tatum looking to take another leap this upcoming season, they will continue to get better. If this Celtics team can stay healthy, it’ll be scary for the rest of the league. Because Boston’s bench was underproducing last season, their starters had to play extended minutes, you can say this could’ve been a reason why they were so injury prone.
Tatum, Brown, and Williams, the Big 3 for Boston, look to stay healthy together. And if they do, the Boston Celtics will be in the talk for who wins the championship. Rookies going into their second year like Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith look to have a huge impact on this team because they will have their time to shine.
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