The Boston Celtics 2022-23 season ended in a wild playoff ride. A 4-2 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the Conference First Round was followed by a nailbiting 4-3 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in the Conference Semifinals, where the Celtics had to win the last two games to survive. It looked to be over in the Conference Finals against the Miami Heat when the Celtics went 3-0 in the series in three pretty uncompetitive games. The Boston team swung the series out of nowhere, winning three straight and carrying all the momentum into the series decider. Then, out of nowhere, they laid an egg in losing 103-84, their worst points-scoring output of the entire postseason.
Big games early in the 2023-24 season see the Celtics take on the Heat on October 27, with the home opener being a repeat of last season’s Conference Finals, November 22 against the Milwaukee Bucks in what should be a battle between two of the best teams in the conference, and on February 4 when Marcus Smart returns to TD Garden with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Can the Celtics make their parts mesh?
The Celtics were already one of the favorites to win the NBA Title this season before they added All-Star guard Jrue Holiday to their starting lineup. Now, they are back to the top of the pile when it comes to odds of winning the whole thing, with their insanely loaded roster being looked at as the team to beat in the league.
Their top six players are the best top six in the league. Holiday is a perfect fit at the perfect time, with the five-time All-Defensive team selection giving them extra from the guard position on both sides of the ball. If the Celtics can make their parts mesh, then this is going to be one tough team to beat. The defense should come early, while the offense could take some time. The sooner the offensive connection hits, the more dangerous this team will be and the deeper their playoff run will be in the spring.