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Gordon Hayward’s crushing injury five minutes into the team’s first game last season set the team off to a bad start. Just before the playoffs, star player Kyrie Irving also had an injury, preventing him from playing for the rest of the season. These were massive losses but it turned out to be a huge opportunity for the rest of the team. The rest of them rose up to carry the team through the Eastern playoffs, with spectacular performances against LeBron and the Cavaliers. Coach Brad Stevens was able to optimize the team’s roster of talents.

Entering this 2018-2019 NBA season is a team with greater strengths. The team has proven that it has a roster of quality players and not solely dependent on big names in the likes of Irving and Hayward. With these two cleared for the upcoming season, the Boston Celtics is set to be a formidable team. It might even turn out to be a good match for the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.

The team has practically everything it needs to come out on top in this upcoming season. They have star power with Hayward and Irving. They’ve got the NBA’s top point guard in Terry Rozier, who was spectacular coming in after Irving’s injury. Horford proved to be a quiet glue for the team, leading them in points. Tatum’s rookie season was spectacular, as well as Brown’s sophomore year.   

Last season showed the team’s good defense. They are expected to have better D this year. Last year’s bench performed really well, filling up the void left by the injured star players. The bench is expected to continue with that same intensity, if not a more improved version.

Offseason activity

One of the focal points in the offseason was free agency. Marcus Smart became a restricted free agent on June 29, 2018 and attracted a handful of offers. Smart was a key Celtics player, along with other free agents Aron Baynes and Brad Wanamaker. Baynes and Wanamaker signed with Celtics, leaving Smart as center of attention. Wanamaker filled in as fifth-guard, position held last season by Shane Larkin.

The question was finally put to rest when Smart signed with the team in July 19. The free agency was rounded up by Jabari Bird, P.J. Dozier and Walton Lemon Jr.

The draft went well, too. The team drafted Robert Williams III, an athletic, rim-running center. Coach Stevens has high expectations for Williams coming into this season.

The team’s offseason focus was on player development, having seen how much their players can contribute both individually and as a team. Health was also a priority, seeing last season’s injuries as huge blows to the team’s championship bid.

Potential Lineup

Barring any injuries, the team is set to fire up the next season with an impressive lineup:

  • Point guard: Kyrie Irving
  • Shooting guard: Jaylen Brown
  • Small forward: Gordon Hayward
  • Power forward: Jayson Tatum
  • Center: Al Horford

Guards are Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Brad Wanamaker and Jabari Bird. Forwards/centers are Aron Baynes, Semi Ojeleye, Daniel Theis, Robert Williams, Marcus Morris and Guerschom Yabusele.

The first five is pretty powerful and so is the Celtics’ bench. The bench is expected to carry the team through the Eastern conference finals and enough to stand up against the Golden State Warriors, or any team that makes it to the Finals. They might be entering the 2018-2019 Finals as underdogs. If they do get to the Finals, they are expected to perform well. 

Outlook for 2018-2019 Season

The Eastern Conference championship is up for grabs, with Celtics in the lead to take it. That is, unless Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors perform well to take it from the Celtics.

The Celtics are also expected to go head-to-head with other strong contenders such as the Philadelphia 76ers , the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Indiana Pacers.  

Gordon Hayward is set to return for this season. Will he well enough to slow down bigger wing players in the leagues with the likes of Ben Simmons, Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo? So far, this is the team’s biggest weakness.

All in all, the team is set to have a great season. A championship may not yet be in the bag but the team is sure to become a nightmare matchup to anyone else eyeing for that championship.

That is, if injuries do not plague the team as it did in the last season. 

 

Boston Celtics is an iconic American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. Celtics competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Team Founded in 1946 and one of eight NBA teams to compete the league's first decade, the team is currently owned by Wyc Grousbeck . Celtics plays their home games at the TD Garden, which they share with the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Boston Bruins. Celtics won 17 championships, the most for any NBA franchise, and account for 24.6% of all NBA championships since the league founded in 1946.As a percentage of championships won, Celtics is the most successful team to date in the 4 major sports leagues.As of 2015- 2016 season Danny Ainge is general manager of the Celtics and Brad Stevens occupies the head coach position.

 

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