Everyone can agree that the past 3-4 years of NBA basketball have been completely dominated by the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have appeared in 4 straight NBA finals and winning 3 out of the 4. The only season in which the warriors did not win the championship was the 2015-2016 season where they were taken down by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a come from behind 3-1 series. Even this season the Warriors were outstanding breaking the regular season wins record by 73-9. The only weakness shown by the Warriors in this recent era has been the center position and this summer with the addition of All- Star center Demarcus Cousins the warriors officially have the NBA’s first starting lineup composed of 5 NBA all-stars. With the addition of Cousins and the with LeBron James making the switch to join the young Lakers squad who have not even made the playoffs in 5 years, to most people the Warriors path to a three peat seems like a pretty sure thing.. Although this move to add Cousins to this legendary Warriors squad maybe one of the greatest basketball moves of all time, winning the NBA title may not be such a sure thing for the Warriors after all. In there Eastern Conference there is a organization with the perfect combination of coaching , all-stars and young and upcoming talent the in Boston that if can stay healthy may have a chance to knock off the Warriors this year in the NBA finals.
Boston’s starting five comes with a lot of length and versatility all over the floor which will help them to have the ability to both be very physical with the Warriors and not allow as many three point jumpsuits by running them off the line. With a starting five in which consists of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, the return of all star small forward Gordon Hayward who only appeared in couple minutes of action last season after suffering an ankle injury the first game of the season and a loaded bench the Celtics may have just as much talent if not more then the Warriors. Not to many coaches in the NBA can turn to their bench and have players of the caliber of Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, Aron Baynes, or even rookie bigman from Texas A&M Robert Williams and this is what really propels this Celtics squad to an elite level.
With training camp beginning Tuesday the Celtics look to pick right back up where they left off last season finishing as the runner up in the Eastern conference without both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. The 2018-2019 has the making to be another very exiting season . Do you believe that the Celtics have what it takes to beat the Warriors ?