Toronto Division Champs

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    Re: Toronto Division Champs

    In response to Fierce34's comment:

    Right now the Raptors are the #1 team in the Atlantic Division.

    Ever since the Raps traded Rudy Gay, the Raps have become a better team.

    So if this trend continues, the Celts need not worry about making the playoffs because they're division champs.

     

    Also, the Celts can end up with 2 lottery picks in 2014 if the Celts, Nets, and Hawks miss the playoffs.

    For that to happen, 2 teams worse than the Celtics, in the standings, must step up and overtake the Celtics and Hawks.

    Right now the Bulls, Knicks, Magic, and Cavs are still very much in the hunt for a playoff spot.

    So it's not too far-fetched expecting the Celts to end up with 2 lottery picks this year.




    YEAAA...that means the dream can continue

     
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    Go Raptors! 

    They have a clear shot at the Atlantic division. 

    "Also, the Celts can end up with 2 lottery picks in 2014 if the Celts, Nets, and Hawks miss the playoffs."For that to happen, 2 teams worse than the Celtics, in the standings, must step up and overtake the Celtics and Hawks."

    Yup - though the Hawks are still a pretty good team. They need another season ending injury. :) I just don't see how they can get into the lottery. The Nets might well stay there.....but the Hawks still have quite a bit of talent.

    "Right now the Bulls, Knicks, Magic, and Cavs are still very much in the hunt for a playoff spot.So it's not too far-fetched expecting the Celts to end up with 2 lottery picks this year."

     

    It's not out of the question but I think Atlanta is not going to be in the lottery. Which is why it's so important the Celts get their own pick. The problem with your list above is that it still comes down to the Knicks or the Raptors beating us for the division. That makes me pretty nervous, those teams stink. We will have our work cut out for us getting our own lottery pick, much less getting another. I like your optimism though. :) 

     
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    Mployee those predictions could definitely happen. The Celts are still divided between lottery and playoff bound in a sorry conference. 

    I do believe Ainge will make a decision before the trade deadline whether to improve the team further or attempt to head closer to the lottery by trading experience for young talent or expiring deals. 

    So, in theory the Celts could definitely advance to the second round, especially if Ainge chooses to strengthen them further in trades. 

    I prefer the lottery but I don't have a problem with either direction as long as Ainge makes a choice. And as long as folks realize that the second round of the playoffs isn't such a big accomplishment in such a sorry conference. The bigger concern is the huge gap between us and the Heat/Pacers, which I believe can only be bridged by lottery-caliber talent.

     
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    Re: Toronto Division Champs

    In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:

    Mployee those predictions could definitely happen. The Celts are still divided between lottery and playoff bound in a sorry conference. 

    I do believe Ainge will make a decision before the trade deadline whether to improve the team further or attempt to head closer to the lottery by trading experience for young talent or expiring deals. 

    So, in theory the Celts could definitely advance to the second round, especially if Ainge chooses to strengthen them further in trades. 

    I prefer the lottery but I don't have a problem with either direction as long as Ainge makes a choice. And as long as folks realize that the second round of the playoffs isn't such a big accomplishment in such a sorry conference. The bigger concern is the huge gap between us and the Heat/Pacers, which I believe can only be bridged by lottery-caliber talent.



    A lottery caliber talent takes 3-4 years to contribute,most of them nver reach their potential.

     

     
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    Re: Toronto Division Champs

    The best way for this team to get better is for DA to have multiple chances via the draft to bring in guys who are very good to great players.  (I am assuming the C's won't have  a chance at a Parker or Wiggins but could find a good player in the draft later than 1-2.) 

    I still think the right thing to do is for DA to trade out before the deadline and bring back as many future chips as possible - picks, young players, etc.  I look at a team like the Pacers and think that the Celtics can be a team like that in 3-4 years with a decent (not elite) FA pickup like West and a top five pick that could land a guy like George.  If they could land a guy like Asik, thinking big picture, this team could be pretty good if Danny can find some talent to add around Bradley, Rondo, Sullinger, etc.  Easier said than done I realise.

     

     
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    Re: Toronto Division Champs

    In response to Fierce34's comment:

    In response to Mployee8's comment:

     

     

    Agreed but if able to upgrade talent by the trade deadline with an Asik or Sanders type player he must go with the sure thing over the uncertainty of our draft position in the future.

     



    There you go again.

     

    Didn't you say you didn't predict Larry Sanders to the Celtics?

    So why are you speculating that Ainge will upgrade talent at the trade deadline by getting Sanders or Asik?



    Just a thought here but maybe Ainge knows that adding Asik will make the C's more competitive and he is waiting as long as he can to make the move. A trip out West should bring many losses and put put the C's in better Lottery position before he "has" to make the move. I am sure as much as Kevin has done for us in the past, he still has some of his heart in Boston and would not mind assisting us once again. Thoughts?

     
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