Boston Celtics Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

September 29th, 2016 by Michael Pina Leave a reply »

Nobody knows how close Kevin Durant was to signing with the Boston Celtics other than Kevin Durant. But right before the four-time scoring champion shoved the NBA’s hope for competitive balance off a rooftop by teaming up with Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors, Boston was ostensibly in the mix as his most logical destination. 

Despite their inability to lure that franchise-altering, expectation-shattering talent, the Celtics head into the 2016-17 season with a conference finals-worthy mix of depth, talent, coaching and cohesion. The Warriors and defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers set the bar high above the NBA's 28 other teams, but Boston’s nipping at their heels; its flight from ground zero to the clouds is moving faster than anyone could've anticipated. 

Last year, the Celtics had one of the NBA's five best defenses, adopting a modern style that promises to breed real success once they acquire a bit more experience and talent: move the ball, shoot threes, don't let up on the defensive end and play with a relentlessly uptempo pace.

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