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Your Morning Dump… Where Brad Stevens didn’t come to Boston to win 42 games

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

But perhaps the most significant thing about this particular win was that it guaranteed a winning season for Brad Stevens’ bunch. The Celtics are now 42-30 on the season. It’s obviously been a foregone conclusion for a while that they were going to finish above .500, but getting it done and seeing it on paper is nice.

“The one thing that I will say is, I’ve felt like — especially in the last year, 14 months, whatever it is — that . . . I feel like there’s real progress,” Stevens said. “And it’s been pretty consistent progress. We’re certainly going to have our bad games and we’re certainly going to have games that are unique throughout an 82-game season, but there’s been good progress, there’s been good growth. And that’s my biggest focus. But it’s like I told [CSNNE’s Abby Chin], you don’t sign up to come to the Boston Celtics to win 42 games. So we’ve got a long way to go.”

The Celtics won 40 games last season. The season before that? Just 25. So yes, there’s a good chance the C’s improve by over 20 wins in two seasons.

A big reason for that is the addition of Isaiah Thomas at last year’s trade deadline. Thomas has led the way on offense for Boston, now averaging over 22 points a game on the season. He’s scored 20-plus in 11 straight games, giving him an average of 26.5 points per game in the month of March.


Brad’s right, this team does have a long way to go. But there’s no harm in taking a moment to enjoy just how far they’ve come over two seasons.

And while the sports talk radio blowhards in this town will continue to focus on what this team lacks (franchise cornerstone player), Isaiah Thomas is putting together a monster season.

His numbers for March are elite: 26.2 ppg, 47% FG, 42% 3FG.

And if you’re watching the games consistently (unlike the sports talk radio blowhards), you can’t help but notice his ferocity and creativity when taking the ball to the basket. Did you see that scoop shot? How about that running hook? Thomas is even angling for movie roles on the court.

Alright, let’s get back to business. Last night’s win put Boston back into a tie for the 3rd seed. Exactly who do we want to draw in the first round?

Given the four-team log jam in the middle of the East, BPI projects an 80.7 percent chance that Boston’s first-round opponent will be the Hawks, Heat or Hornets. Unless the wheels come off completely for one of the four teams, they will comprise the 3-6 and 4-5 matchups in the East.

Regardless of the top seed, Boston is projected to beat both the Hornets and Heat. The Celtics’ have a 58 percent chance against Miami as the lower seed and spike to 66 percent with home-court advantage. Boston is an even more lopsided favorite against Charlotte, with a 60 percent chance to win as a lower seed and a 69 percent win rate with home court.

Then there are the Hawks, who, entering Wednesday’s game, were projected as Boston’s most likely first-round opponent, with a 29.1 percent chance of a first-round meeting. Aided by both a slight edge in season BPI rank and a heavy advantage in playoff experience, the Hawks are a 59 percent favorite as the higher seed, and Boston’s win percentage with home court is barely more than a coin flip, at 51 percent.

Computer assessment aside, I’d be most nervous to play Miami for two reasons.

First, they have the most star power and the officiating always tilts that way.

Second, you never know what Dirty Dwyane Wade is going to do. He just might knock IT into the second row on a drive to the basket.

On Page 2, let’s take a moment to laugh at LeBron’s super-team.

“I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together,” James said. “At least one, maybe one or two seasons—me, Melo, D-Wade, CP—we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that.”

Maybe at the end of their careers, James said. Maybe sooner. One more ring chase, this time with everyone on board.

“It would be pretty cool,” James said. “I’ve definitely had thoughts about it.”

Before bounding away, he smiles and closes with a coy chirp: “We’ll see.”

Bleacher Report

Aren’t we days removed from reports that LeBron is altering his social media habits in order to be more focused for the playoffs?

Call me crazy, but talk of building a super-team with your buddies isn’t exactly focus.

Melo says he’ll take a pay cut in order to join the crew, too. Funny, he had a different tune at the trade deadline.

Man, these guys really are like high school kids.

The rest of the links

Globe – Celtics needed to know Raptors could be beaten | Herald – Celts keep guard up in win | CSNNE – Turner’s play helped shift momentum

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  • swissflix

    The Heat would be tough to play with the ellbow-throwing shmoe in the middle. Especially as the games are likely to slow down.

  • KGino

    The Heat don’t scare me because they don’t shoot 3s. They’re terrible at them. I actually love playing them, it’s one of the only teams I’ve ever said to myself “man I love playing them, they can only go up 2 points at a time. Really limits the damage they can do”

  • Jason Benn

    I like our team in the half court it’s the fast break I’m worried about and what dirty wade will do to whoever’s knees,elbow, junk, or back to stop them and then will make a face like he’s constipated as he’s whistled for a flagrant

  • MondoCane

    I don’t want to face the Hawks in round 1 and I would be ok with Miami, though Charlotte would be the best fit.
    Miami is fine, mainly because Bosh might not even play and if he was to play he would really be rusty, then, as scary as he looks for his presence in the paint, Whiteside can be limited. Overall he has a low defensive IQ and when he has to face someone who has range as Olynyk he does not have a clue defensively. Wade and Johnson still look pretty scary, but, heck, they have lost at least half a step from their glory days.

  • Wootay

    I would not want to play heat. They have joe johnson now. I am not saying hes a world beater but to me he always seems to play well against the Celtics. It could be just me though.

  • Curt Hays

    When you consider how short most actors are, IT4 probably has a better chance of landing an acting role than other guys might. He’d be easier to put on camera with Marky Mark or Kevin Hart.

  • art

    At this point in history, does it really matter who they play? Although Miami would be fun since the Green have a good shot at beating the crap out of ’em.

  • Falcon Falcone

    Two lines stick out at me:
    “And if you’re watching the games consistently (unlike the sports talk
    radio blowhards), you can’t help but notice his ferocity and creativity
    when taking the ball to the basket.”

    “Second, you never know what Dirty Dwyane Wade is going to do. He just
    might knock IT into the second row on a drive to the basket.”

    Both points are SPOT ON.

    • zippittyay

      This is where Marcus Smart will earn his paycheck