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Groundwork laid: Celtics as 2024 NBA Champs would be simply luck?

 It's already out there. The vibes are resounding that the Boston Celtics, mostly due to key injuries to members of opposing teams, have had - and will have - an easy path - at least to the NBA Finals (per

"Boston faced a Miami Heat team without Jimmy Butler. Now, it’s facing a Cavaliers team that misses Jarrett Allen and just had to sit Mitchell because of his knee. Also, this is a Cleveland team that gave away the worst t-shirts ever used as promo. Assuming the Celtics take care of business in the next game or two (they beat Cleveland 109-102 last night to move to 3-1 in the series), they will face either a young, inexperienced Pacers team with one of the worst defenses we’ve ever seen, or an extremely banged-up Knicks squad missing at least two starters."

No kidding! Since when has good luck not been a requirement for bringing the Championship Trophy back to your home city? Granted, Butler's absence didn't hurt the Celtics' cause, and Allen being out - and Donovan Mitchell being missing for Game-4 was damn good luck for Boston - but despite the injury to Kristaps Porzingis, the Celtics finally have good fortune on their side.

I have written many times that an NBA team can have every thing going for it in talent, skills, proper team construction and leadership - but luck is always needed to get the final job done. The Green may have all of that this season.

One thing is for sure. If the Boston Celtics take this Title, there will be an asterisks attached. Meaning, they would be just damn lucky - and I would hate that. So it's on to Game-5 versus Cleveland - and beyond. Win or lose, I love this team. Let good fortune shine on them the rest of the way. 


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