Can the Celtics stay atop the Eastern Conference?

By Travis David
WTP Contributor
As I returned home from the gym Monday evening, I flipped over to the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs game.
I immediately became pissed.
It was the end of the third quarter and the Spurs were up nearly 30 points, at home. To be exact, the Spurs were ahead 81-58.
No I am not a Cavs fan, nor am I a LeBron James fan.
So what crawled under my skin, you ask?
Because I am a Boston Celtics fan.
I am guessing that comment just confused you even more, right?
Well, let me explain.
The NBA trading deadline came and went without the Celtics making a deal. The team was rumored to be in talks with the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers for Jimmy Butler and Paul George, respectively. But Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, never pulled the trigger.
“I am not disappointed,” Ainge told the Celtics website following the nonproductive deadline. “Not at all. I can’t wait to get back out on the road and start scouting and getting ready for the draft…I am very optimistic and very excited about the rest of the year.”
The deadline passed over a month ago. So why, on March 27, I am so pissed, still?
Back to the start of this “rant.”
The Cavs ended up losing Monday night, 103-74, which gave the Celtics a half-game lead over the Cavs for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Still confused?
My point is, the Cavs are ripe for the picking this season. With Monday’s debacle, Cleveland has lost seven games this season by 17 points or more. The Celtics have lost two such games.
The Cavs are vulnerable this season, more so than any LBJ led team in recent years perhaps. And Ainge elected not to bolster the team at the deadline while holding on to what will surely be lottery picks from the Brooklyn Nets the next two years.
The Celtics can beat the Cavs, they proved so the last time they hooked up earlier this month. But LeBron turns it up a few more notches in the postseason, and I just don’t think the Celtics have what it takes to win a 7-game series.
Hell, with the inconsistency this team has shown, it’s a good possibility the C’s could end up sliding to the No. 3 seed in the East and a potential Eastern Conference semifinal clash with the Washington Wizards. That could be a scary matchup for Boston as well.
So enjoy your scouting for the upcoming draft, Danny. I hope a second-round exit or at best an ECF loss, in six, is gratifying enough for you!
This Celtics fan will not be satisfied with anything less than a trip to the Finals — the NBA Finals, not the ECF.

Travis David is a contributor to We the People an can be contacted via email at Follow him on Twitter @Tdavid_21.


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