The Boston Celtics entered the year with championship aspirations but fell to the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and was forced to play the Brooklyn Nets in round one of the NBA playoffs.
There were some big shake-ups for the Celtics this NBA offseason. After an inconsistent year, the Celtics made some moves in hopes of improving this time around.
Kemba Walker was traded at the beginning of the offseason and Dennis Schroder signed a one-year deal with the team. The big move was Brad Stevens being promoted to the front office and the team hiring Ime Udoka as the new head coach.
Boston needs to figure out an identity heading into the season. Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are elite offensive players but struggle on the other end of the floor, which is an area where Schroder should help right away.
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Boston is a win-now team but just went through a down here. They cannot afford to have two in a row for their championship hopes will begin to fade away.
The Eastern Conference is very top-heavy and last year, the Celtics were not part of that. Here are three bold predictions for the Boston Celtics as they look to get back to the top of the East.