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 I Don’t Think the Celtics Will Win

Guest article by "The Sports Machine" with Slim

Something hit me like a ton of bricks the other day when a friend told me that he “hopes the Celtics win it all”. Those words have changed my life.

For years I have believed that the Celtics were better than they actually were. We won three titles during the 80’s. I thought we were going to win 5 or 6. During the 90’s, I knew we had potential, and I delusionally thought we might even be good enough to win a title a couple of those years. The 2000’s brought some serious hope, and eventually we did break through with KG (Love that man!). Still, I was positive that we were going to win it all in 08-09 and in 09-10. I'm a hard core, tried and true Green Teamer.

These past few seasons, I have put my money where my mouth is. Starting back during the bubble season, I have bet substantial sums of money on the Celtics to win the title each year. As you know, I lost those substantial sums. I just really believed that the Celtics were the best team. Which brings me to this year, and my friend’s words which have changed my outlook on rooting for the Boston Celtics. I no longer think the Celtics are going to win it all. I HOPE they are going to win it all. There is a huge difference.

I am going to root for the Celtics as hard as I possibly can. I will be the hungriest, loudest fan cheering for them whether I go to TD Garden for the game or if I’m watching from my living room couch. I will support the team and I will always root them on. I hope they are going to win. 

But I will not “think” they are going to win any longer. I’m done with that. I’m done with watching Jayson Tatum miss step back threes in end of game situations. I’m done with the team not being composed as time runs out on the clock during a one possession game. I’m done with expecting more from Joe Mazzulla when it comes to drawing up plays, or calling timeouts to stop a run, or making the right in-game adjustments. It is insane for me to think that these things are going to change. This team is what it is.

What this team is, is the best regular season team in the NBA this year. By a mile. These Celtics are also the deepest, most talented roster in the league. Nobody can debate this. Are we mentally tough enough to win it all? Are we smart enough to win a championship? That is what we will find out during the playoffs. I hope we are.


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