Last year= lockout shortened season, Rose out for season, Bosh out for most of ECF. If all of those things happen again, this can be just like last year.
Our post All Star break record last season was 24-10. The difference between a ~.700 record and a .500 record is 7 wins. 7 wins over a two months span was apparently enough to do a 180 on our narrative and declare Avery Bradley our saviour.
If you beat the Lakers on the first day of regular season, do you go around bragging that your w-l record is 1.000 higher than the Lakers´ record?
If you consider the fact that we were one of the few teams who actually had something to fight for (just making the playoffs, the whole project, maybe even legacy), 7 wins over a two month span seems like par for the course.
Now, let´s try to be fair.
If they weren´t as bad as their pre ASB record suggests, and they weren´t as good as their post ASB record suggests, then they´re roughly a .600 team (just 3-4 w/l removed from either pre or post ASB record), making us effectively, in any given season, around the 10th best team in the league.
Which is exactly what I consider them to be.
That´s enough to have an outside shot if the stars align, but not enough to be called serious contenders. Teams like that are supposed to go out in the second round/conference finals.
The thing is, all of this didn´t even scratch the fact that our most important players are 35+ years old, and we have nowhere to go but down.
How any Celtics fan could want this to go on is beyond me.