Disappointing… the only way I can describe the Boston Celtics’ 2020 season.
On Sunday, the Boston Celtics lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals 113-125. The Heat will now face Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, September 30th in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Let’s take a look at the season as a whole.
If there was one player I could pick in a fantasy draft, It would be Jayson Tatum. The Celtics future is bright, Jayson Tatum is now a certified star player in the NBA after being selected to his first All-NBA Team this season. Tatum is up for a contract extension. The Celtics can offer Tatum a max contract that will solidify him as the Celtics cornerstone for years to come.
Jayson Tatum isn’t the only player the Celtics have for the future. Jaylen Brown has emerged and has become the perfect partner for Tatum to coexist with. Brown signed a 4-Year, 115 Million Dollar contract with the Celtics last October. If Tatum does sign the contract the Celtics are bound to offer him in the very near future. The duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be with the Boston Celtics long term.
Although the Celtics do have a bright future ahead, it did hurt to see a team with so much promise once again lose in the Eastern Conference Finals to the 5th seeded Miami Heat on Sunday. This was the 3rd time in four years the Celtics have lost in the Conference Finals.
The Celtics have a major hole on their team. That hole is the center position. The Celtics lack a rim protecting center and that cost them against the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals. Bam Adebayo (PF/C) and Goran Dragić (PG) of the Miami Heat utterly rocked the Celtics defense running pick and rolls all series long. If I were Danny Ainge (The GM of The Boston Celtics) I would aim to trade for a player like Myles Turner (C) from the Indiana Pacers.
This isn’t the only problem the Celtics need to fix. Marcus Smart, who shot a poor 4-13 from 3 in Game 6, is yet another issue that Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics need to take a long look at this off-season. Would dealing Smart be a good option for the Celtics? Or is his efficiency on the defensive side of the ball not something to overlook? Whatever the answer to the question is, it needs to be taken into consideration by Celtics Management.
However, I digress, The Boston Celtics have had another disappointing season and have a long off-season ahead, the future is brighter than ever and one should not look past that.