The Boston Celtics arguably have the deepest roster in the NBA this season. They have at least seven guys who could start on most other teams in the league. With the off season additions of Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, and Jared Sullinger, coupled with the re-signings of Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass, you’re talking about a team that can throw so many different looks at their opponent.
Most experts and valued NBA minds forecast at least a top three finish in the East and a deep playoff run. What is a projected win total for this team? Ask Doc Rivers and he will probably avoid the question, but it is still entertaining to think about nonetheless. The Celtics have showed that finishing with the best record isn’t as important to them as maintaining health and rest entering the post season.
I’ll stay on the cautious side and predict 54 wins for this team. I think 60 wins would certainly be realistic if the team wanted to accomplish that, but I really see no need on their end to mess something up in order to get to that plateau. It’s not like you get any jewelry for reaching a certain win number, so 54 it is. There will be many nights, especially against inferior opponents, where Rivers will lessen Garnett and Paul Pierce’s work load in particular. Some of those games could end up in losses, but in the end it really isn’t a big deal as long as the team is healthy. There is no point in trying to push the envelope and risk an injury to Garnett, because as we all know, the last time that happened, the team’s dreams of a championship went down the toilet.
The Celtics should win their share of games this season, but talk to GM Danny Ainge or Rivers, and they will politely tell you that they are not too worried about it.
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