Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
John Karalis, Red’s Army (35-47)
I actually don’t think this will be a horrible team. I think they’ll be better than this record indicates. But there are a couple of things that will hurt the Celtics early
[...] The silver lining here is that I think their second half will be OK, and it’ll probably surprise a few people. I see them as a second-half “team no one really wants to face.” The early struggles will saddle them with a pretty bad early record, though, which is probably just fine for Danny Ainge. In fact, early struggles, late success, miss the playoffs and get a decent slot in the lottery is probably a best-case scenario for Ainge.
KWAPT, Red’s Army (35-47): I tend to be Mr. Positive, so I’m going out a limb here in saying Rajon, Jeff, Avery and Sully will form a nice nucleus. If they can all stay healthy, (big if) I think they can run with a lot of the teams in our conference.
John Karalis, Red’s Army (Competitive, 9-12 in East): I think the East will have some DOGS. Boston will be better than Philly, Charlotte, and probably Orlando. I think they can be better than Toronto. That puts them at 11th. From there, it’s a matter of who’s playing well at the right time. They could go as high as 10th.
KWAPT, Red’s Army (Early playoff exit): Boston is going to scrap, fight and claw its way to 30-plus wins, but will be ushered out of the playoffs in the first round again this year, I’m afraid.
Yep, it’s that time of year again…. wicked early prediction time… and once again Red’s Army has been invited to take part in ESPN Boston’s Summer Forecast series.
By the looks of it, KWAPT and I are living up to our reputations as the “glass half full” guys. We’re not totally alone on this. A couple of guys come close to our win total (one picked 38 wins), but KWAPT was the only one with the marbles to pick them as a playoff team.
Jay is being a bit more… realistic with his picks:
Jay Ouellette, Red’s Army (28-54): Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are gone. Doc Rivers has been replaced by Brad Stevens who, while I’m very excited about, has never coached an NBA game in his life (not saying this is a bad thing). It will just take him getting used to NBA schedules, practices (or lack thereof), players, etc. Oh and the health of Rajon Rondo.
There’s no doubt if Rondo misses significant time early in the season, we’re all going to have to adjust our numbers downward.
Feel free to add your two cents in the comments, and continue to check out our summer forecasts on ESPN Boston.
In other news, Roy Williams is sad about Paul Pierce.
“Yeah, I am a little sad,” he said. “And I understand that it had to happen. They want to make over the team because everybody’s getting older.
“Hey, I’m getting older myself. I turned 63 on Aug. 1. But I was just really hoping that Paul would be able to be a one-team guy.
“One of the reasons I thought seriously about staying at Kansas 10 years ago and not coming back to North Carolina was that I wanted to be one of those coaches that just coached at one school. I admire some of those professional athletes that just stay with one club, and I was hoping Paul would be one of them.”
Williams paused and added, “Paul has done so much for Boston, and Boston has meant so much to him. I just thought that would have been neat.”
I would have featured this, but honestly, everyone is sad about it. And I really don’t want to think about it right now because we’re all going to be bashed over the head with it all season long.
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