Around Boston, fans have come to accept the idea that the Celtics will be beyond terrible this year. With one of the deepest draft classes in memory supposedly on the way next June, bottoming out might not be the worst thing for the Celtics this season.
No matter how appealing an all-out tankjob may be, however, the Celtics do not appear to be going that route. Even if they fall short of their accomplishments from previous seasons, the Celtics will have a hard time occupying the cellar of the Eastern Conference.
Part of that is due to the sad state of the East; part is due to the fact that the Celtics probably just aren’t that bad.
Although they disagree on exactly which teams will be around the Celtics in the standings, NESN.com NBA editor Ben Watanabe and NESN Sports Today anchor Adam Pellerin agree on one thing: The Celtics are most likely headed for the fringe of the playoff chase, a dreaded no man’s land with no hope of a championship yet little odds for a high draft pick. The Celtics’ only saving grace — depending on how you look at it — is how similarly uncertain teams like the Raptors, Bobcats, Bucks and others manage to fair in the wide-open conference.
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