Last June, damned Boston Celtics A four-point lead, 94-90, in Gahden in Bean Town, and was just 5:18 seconds ahead of a 3-1 lead in the series over Steph Curry and Golden State Warriors. Sixers Al Horford’s miniature villain was playing out of his mind, playing on the home crowd, giving out knowing looks, and boosting confidence at the level of pure tournament. The swirling green sea could smell it, like Sixers The nation has probably muzzled our snacks of chickpeas and carrots. (James Harden said he’s more conscious of his diet, so we’ve joined him in the effort.)
But you know how it went. Steve Curry went to ballistics in Boston, then put the genie unit to sleep by the bay. And then it was the off-season, where the crisis was temporarily averted for those who never wanted to see Boston win something damned.
But the offseason started a gang feud with Brad Stevens and his teammates. They landed with Malcolm Brogdon without having to let go of him Which The main members of the World Cup rotation. Not even Grant Williams?! Come on! They signed Danilo Gallinari, who’s not an All-Star but offended the Sixers in that Atlanta series a bit.
The Miami Heat PJ Tucker lost, the Nets found themselves mired in turmoil, yes the East got stronger, but the odds makers had Boston comfortably at the top. What’s more, they were even the top contenders at one point to trade for Kevin Durant, which would have only added to their perceived advantage spanning another crucial two years of the Joel Embiid party.
But oh, those gale-force winds.
We knew Danilo had suffered a meniscus tear, while the medical staff somehow missed the fact that the Italian cock, who ranks 304th on the all-time scoring list, and 49th in the triples, actually tore his ACL. Boston got an exception for a disabled player, but they would be hard-pressed to make up for the dollar value of talent that Gallo represented before the injury.
As noted, the Celtics were favored at one point to landing Kevin Durant, who sent shock waves through the NBA asking for a trade from Brooklyn. But this mode was not free. Reportedly offered Jaylen Brown, Derrick White, and Pick, they were quickly turned down, and they never seemed to make a bigger offer. That story has faded over time, but what effect would it have had on their young All-Star Browns, who now have every right to feel a certain way, despite their KD status all along.
The best NBA players look for any potential slight as fuel to propel them forward, and sometimes that comes from your team. You didn’t believe me right after you beat KD in a sweep?
Robert Williams is now expected to miss 8 to 12 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. This is the same knee that required surgery last season, and it was perhaps the best defensive player of the year from one of Rudy Gobert or Pam Adebayo to Time Lords teammate Marcus Smart.
Smart, of course, deserved the accolade, but it seemed to all the odds-makers that he and Williams would spend each other’s votes before Williams got hurt. Smart then jumped in front of a couple of runaway candidates since Ime Udoka played for the Celtics in a championship, if not all time, level defensive line.
Well, talking about suspended Boston coach Odoka, a former Sixers assistant. There it is.
In the words of Jeff Clark, Who runs our sister Celtics blog:
“For Odoka, he appears to have made some very big mistakes, for which he has issued a public apology. It appears that most of the news we have heard about this came from the Celtics side of things, and it is worth noting that we have yet to hear anything of the details from Odoka. However, The reports don’t look great. The Celtics reportedly gave him several warnings and eventually felt they had to suspend him for a whole season. The team hoping for the title don’t take such measures lightly. That doesn’t mean I’m completely confident the team has taken all the right steps here. Also. We don’t know enough about the situation to understand who did it right or wrong or just the best they could with the cards dealt.”
I cannot encourage you enough to read Clarke’s complete writing which provides a vital message of patience and awareness that we don’t know everything yet and there is a human side to this story that is critical and demands our respect. Although we are all very curious as to what happened.
So, where do things stand now? The Celtics, after announcing the absence of their head coach for the entire next season and his replacement by assistant Joe Mazzola, remain the favorites to win the championship. per project kings (+550).
But it may take bettors a few days to reset their expectations. in a modern room, Sean Kennedy and I discussed whether there could be a “plug and play” Something like the one we’ve seen in the Golden State over the years when Steve Kerr wastes time with back ailments. Could an assistant step in and run a system similar to what worked in 2022? Or do you need the maturity of Steph Curry and co. For all this to work?
Or will there be a bigger season, full, and perhaps an indefinable element to a scandal like this? Feelings can’t help answering questions about it all season long. It’s hard to know how much of these feelings will limit the Celtics. But it wasn’t long since things seemed so rosy to them.
No doubt Sixers fans will stick with this attitude.