They are really showing their age, but they are still a decent team. Feels like the east is too weak for the Celtics not to make it. I dont think they get a high seed, but pretty sure they will make the 5-6 seed.
Thats assuming that Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, and Indiana, and Orlando all continue playing like they have so far.
Even for as poorly as they have played this season, they are still in 9th place in the East with 54 games left in the season. Cleveland and New York are 1.5 games ahead of them. I think the Celts compete for the 6-8 spot and if they missed the play-offs I would be surprised. If they decided to blow up the team this season, I would be surprised as well.
How can you trade Paul Pierce if you are the Celtics? I mean, people always talk about player loyalty to teams, but I think that this is a case where a team has to be loyal to a player who has given them so much. That is why I think they let the season play out and probably start getting a bit better as time goes on. I do not think they are championship contenders and there is a glaring hole in the middle, but they still have 4 All-Star level players who can get things together. They are definitely an old team at their core, but I would not be surprised if they were close to .500 around early February.
Yes, Celtics are a lock to make the playoffs (barring major injury of course). The old guys are just taking a little longer to get into shape. Then if they can avoid the Heat or Bulls in the first round, the Celts will probably win. They are built better for playing every other day than back to back to back.
They're too old and senile now. Should be more worried about their 401K than playoffs.
Boston will eventually get into the playoffs because I think the Cavs will start to show their inexperience and fall out. Boston's loss of Jeff Green for the season was huge though.
I have a hard time believing Boston won't make the playoffs... Paul Pierce isn't even 100% healthy yet and is still getting his legs underneath him.
This is an older team, so the slow start isn't surprising. They'll finish strong I think.