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I'm probably too much of an optimist or have high expectations but I'd only chalk up 3 of those games as probable losses: GSW, SAS and OKC. Milwarkee's a likely loss only because they've beaten us and will face us again while still trying to figure things out. Toronto game could be tough but we're at home with more games under our belt to figure things out.the rest are all very winnable games.
I think there's some overreacting to the Bucks game here. It was the worst matchup possible for the team maybe. How the Celtics are now without Gordon, the Bucks actually are a pretty similar team trying to do similar things (be long, versatile, and get in transition). Without running crisp sets (or actually plays correctly at all, if you heard about Stevens threatening to sit guys because of how badly plays were being run) you will not counter their length.
If this team is around .500 about halfway through the season, that should be counted as a victory. They can try to go on a run in March and April to end up closer to 50 wins than 40 wins.
Before the injury, I thought due to the fact that the Celtics only had 4 players from last year and with the losses of Crowder and Bradley especially; and the fact the new guys had to gel together, I thought it was possible the Celtics might not reach the same win total as last year. My prediction pre-Hayward injury was 48 wins, which I know was on the very low end of all the predictions. Every year many Celtics fans bleed green and white and optimism is high.After the injury, I think that the Celtics will have trouble making the playoffs and probably won't be a .500 team unfortunately.I think the Celtics will have trouble outrebounding their opponents and I think the defense will be less with the losses of Crowder and Bradley which is why I think the Celtics are going to struggle. Of course, the season is only 2 games old, so it remains to be seen what affect Hayward's injury will have long term.MikeB