The season for the Boston Celtics was a storm. It started out as a bright sunny day in October, and ended up as the storm from the movie “The Perfect Storm” that lasted 88 games.
May 8, 2019
Depending on how you look at it, May 8, 2019 could have been a blessing or a huge disappointment for the Boston Celtics. The 2018-2019 season was one that started with so much hope and crash-landed with a loud thud in Milwaukee on the business end of a gentleman’s sweep. While the basketball season ended for the Celtics, it allowed the real questions that had been festering all season to come to the surface:
Would Kyrie Irving re-sign? Would Al Horford come back? Did Brad Stevens lose the reigns on this young team? Is Anthony Davis a legitimate target for Danny Ainge and would he have to give up the future to get him?
I’m sure many questions ran through Boston Celtics fans’ heads from the end of the season until now. I myself was not sure which way he was going to go. I did breathe a sigh of relief when Danny Ainge didn’t give up the farm for Anthony Davis; as great of a player as he is I just don’t think what the Celtics would have given up would have been worth it. I also know that I’m in the minority with that thought process.
The storm was becoming a flood and the water was rising fast.
October 16, 2019
It’s great when you can make it through the storm and come out better than you were when you went in. That’s how I feel about this Boston Celtics team as it is being constructed. Picking up Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier to shore up the rebounding weakness last season has made me excited.
Carsen Edwards has made me forget about “Scary Terry”. He just wants to go all out on every possession. Tacko Fall is more than a project. I really feel that he is going to be a real contributor to the Maine Red Claws and the Celtics this season. Ainge and the front office have done a wonderful job getting from under the dark cloud that was the former number 11 (I think the current one will be a much better fit).
Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, and Jaylen Brown are as good of a young core group as there is in the league; in my opinion the love of money is the only thing that can break up this group (money is usually the reason ANY group breaks up). They are young and fearless and will be hungry again after last season’s disappointing end.
I feel that they are clearly set on making amends. Walker gets the opportunity to play on a team with legitimate playoff aspirations with the most talented roster he has ever had. He won’t have to score 27-30 points every night and his mentality is going to help Brown, Hayward, and Tatum to be free and play with less stress about deferring to Walker. Ball movement is back at the TD Garden!
What I saw last season makes me appreciate what I’m seeing this season!