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Celtics Season Preview

With the regular season a month and a half away, it's time to take a look at what we should be expecting from this Celtics team. You can essentially take last seasons record and playoff run and throw it out the window because this is almost a completely different team. The only returning players from a 1st place, Eastern Conference Finals team are Terry Rozier, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. It's a move that most general managers wouldn't make, but Danny Ainge realized that the way the roster was built, there was no chance of competing for the East title, let alone an NBA title. Lets take a look at the changes made this off-season:

Key Additions: Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum

Key Losses: Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder

Assets Lost: 2018 Nets pick, Ante Zizic

The initial shock of a roster shakeup might mean for a slow start out of the gate, but there is no question this years Celtics team will be much more talented than last years. The roster has shifted from gritty, hard working and underrated players who made their living on the defensive side of the ball to more of a pure scoring, top end talented roster with tremendous potential. There are still question marks though. Two main ones are lack of rebounding and the matter of just how well this young bench can consistently perform throughout the course of a season. All things considered, it's prediction time.

I think there needs to be a level of caution with this team, at least early on. Vegas has the over/under for wins at 56.5, and if I were a betting man, I'd take the under. The potential is there for 60+ win seasons for this team, just not this year. I wouldn't be surprised if they finish with less wins than last year. Even if they do have less wins, it feels destined for it to be Celtics vs Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals. With this new look team, I think the Celtics will surpass the Cavs in 6 or 7 games and put up a fight in the NBA Finals against the Warriors. In the end, I don't think banner 18 will be coming to Boston this year, but I also don't think that spot in the rafters will be empty for long.

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