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Win or lose, I love this 2021-22 Celtics crew. I view them as winners.

 This most-likely won't be a popular article. The negativity surrounding the present Celtics team abounds in all forms. May I remind my readers that, everything else being equal, an NBA team should expect to get into the Finals every 15 years and cop a Title every 30 years.

So it's been 14 years since the Celtics last Championship, after piling up a total of 17 Titles over the past decades. Not bad! But it seems to be a drought in the minds of many Celtics fans.

Virtually no one gave the present version of The Green any shot at a Finals visit, and certainly not Banner 18. Now they end up in the Finals against one of the few NBA teams labeled as a "dynasty". How the hell did that happen?

With a rookie head coach and first-year GM, should not the Celtics have simply marched into Title-land? I totally credit Ime Udoka with his team's mid-season resurgence, and Brad Stevens additions this past summer and prior to the trade deadline were near-perfect.

Also, let me add that Marcus Smart's adaption to the point guard position was surprising. Certainly, he has been guilty of a number of passing miscues, but this is his "rookie" year at the PG spot. Generally, The Wolverine has done well, while still maintaining his defensive prowess.

The Jay Team? Some fans are tired of hearing about their youth being an excuse for their lack of consistency against Golden State's new "Death Squad". The NBA Finals require many things, but paramount may be "seasoning" - the experience and fortitude ingested from many trips to the NBA Finals. This Finals trip is brand new to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

There you have it, Celtics fans. I truly love this group occupying the parquet at TD Garden. That won't change. Admittedly, I will take a loss in Game 6 very hard, but I will then focus on next season. But the series is still winnable. Stay tuned!


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