It has been a slow start to the Fall 2012 season for the CAC and now the NBA will finally make its presence known to the Boston community starting on Oct. 30.
Sure, I have to work the A 5v5 league that night, but I will be following the game throughout the evening just hoping that the Boston Celtics can take down Ray Allen and the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the season.
This is going to be a great season for the green and white as they try to advance past the Heat for the first time in three years. Last season, they held a 3-2 lead before the Heat won the final two games and ultimately win the NBA Championship. It was Lebron James’ first NBA title.
After that heartbreaking loss, the Celtics brought in the likes of Courtney Lee, Jason Terry and newly-signed Leandro Barbosa. All these players provide some leadership or defensive abilities that could help the Celtics finally knock off the Heat in the postseason.
The return of a healthy Jeff Green is key to a Celtics’ revival. Green played very well during the postseason with an average of 13.9 points and 4.9 rebound per game. Paul Pierce and Jared Sullinger looked good too by averaging 15 and 10.9 points respectively.
The 3-5 record does not show what the Celtics can truly do this season because Kevin Garnett was not his usual self and coach Doc Rivers was trying to figure out which players to use in different situations. He even allowed his rookies to end a game that the Celtics had a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets and lost by one point.
The Celtics still look like one of the best teams in the NBA and they will fight and grind on the defensive end to make their case for another NBA Championship.