Celtics owner thinks his team is ‘overrated’ entering season: ‘We’re not a hands-down team to repeat’

After overcoming a mediocre begin to develop into essentially the most dominant team in basketball, the Boston Celtics have been one of many NBA’s finest tales final season. Led by a suffocating protection and two younger stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics superior to the NBA Finals for the primary time since 2010, however misplaced to the Golden State Warriors in six video games.

Because of their dominance within the second half of final season, the relative youth of the roster and a key offseason addition in Malcolm Brogdon, many followers and specialists are predicting the Celtics to repeat as Eastern Conference champions — and probably win the entire thing.

However, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck is not leaping to such hasty conclusions. In an interview with Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston GlobeGrousbeck mentioned that he does not assume that final season’s success ought to essentially generate such lofty expectations for Boston.

“I cherished being proper there with them. It was thrilling. The different facet of the coin is I believe that we have now been overrated,” Grousbeck mentioned, by way of Boston.com. “I believe that efficiency was a bit overrated within the public thoughts, or my very own thoughts, as a result of I’m the one saying it. [We were] a finalist and two wins away from successful it, however while you look again, Brooklyn was a powerful collection, after which we had to go seven video games [against the Bucks and Heat]. Then we misplaced [to Golden State]. So, we’re not a hands-down team to repeat as Eastern Conference champions. I believe we’re a high quality team.”

Grousbeck is proper to level out that the Celtics’ path to the Finals was something however clean. Were it not for an damage to Khris Middleton, they very effectively might have misplaced to the Bucks within the second spherical. Jimmy Butler famously missed a pull-up 3-pointer within the remaining seconds of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals that would have despatched Boston packing. After taking a 2-1 lead in opposition to the Warriors within the Finals, the Celtics mustered a paltry 97.9 factors per 100 possessions as they misplaced three straight video games to end the collection.

You can perceive the place Grousbeck is coming from and it might be bizarre if he got here out and assured a championship, however there isn’t any doubt that his team is a title favourite, whether or not he likes it or not. Tatum will seemingly be an MVP candidate this season, Brown is a professional No. 2 possibility who averaged 24 factors per sport final season and Marcus Smart is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. If they get a full, wholesome season from Brogdon, Robert Williams and Al Horford, this is going to be a very troublesome team to beat in each the common season and the playoffs.

That being mentioned, this is primarily the identical roster that began off final season 25-25, so it is greater than cheap that Grousbeck needs to see all of it on the ground this season earlier than he begins heaping reward on his team.

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