When Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry were traded to the Brooklyn Nets everyone thought the Boston Celtics were entering a rebuilding season. Add an injured Rajon Rondo, the departure of Doc Rivers and a rookie head coach to the equation, and it looked like the Celtics were in for a rough few years, not to mention a potential postseason drought.
Well, somehow, someway Boston is currently fourth in the NBA Eastern Conference with a real chance at the playoffs. Without Rondo, the Celtics have managed to keep their heads above water and remain in the hunt. It is uncertain when the All-Star point guard will return, but Brad Stevens hopes Rondo will be back in January.
Boston could have used Rondo Saturday afternoon as they fell victim to the Washington Wizards, 106-99. It was a tough loss, but the Wizards are a team the Celtics will be competing with for postseason position. The good news is Boston was able to hold its own against Washington, and that is all fans can ask for until Rondo returns.
With young talent like Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley, the Celtics can make the playoffs. They wouldn’t have much of a shot at a deep playoff run, but they can cause some problems for other teams. Even if Boston fails to make the postseason, fans have to have a sense of hope for the future. Given the mess that Stevens walked into for his first NBA coaching job he has done tremendous work. Many thought that Boston would earn a lottery pick in the 2014 draft, even a top-5 pick, but Stevens has been able to harness some success out of his roster.
After undergoing a complete overhaul in the offseason, the Celtics have shown much more than expected and the future looks much brighter than predicted.