NBA Playoff Predictor: Boston Celtics

We’re about halfway through the NBA season, and there have been surprises for the good (Trail Blazers) and the bad (Nets). I’m going to take a look at the playoff chances for each team in the NBA that has a decent opportunity, starting with the Eastern Conference. I’ll be giving each team a percentage on what we think their chances are at this point of the season, and undoubtedly, at least one team will make me look stupid.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics are 14-26 at this point, and it’s pretty much gone as expected thus far. They traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn and lost Doc Rivers to the Clippers. Brad Stevens has the reins now, but he’s had to do so without Rajon Rondo. The team leader will be coming back into the starting lineup on Friday, and could make all the difference in this team that sorely needs a semblance of leadership on the court.

*Statistical Showdown*

  • 4-10 vs. teams .500 and above
  • 26th in PPG
  • 10th in points allowed
  • 2-8 in last 10 games
  • Kris Humphries is best player by Win Shares, at .171 per 48 min.
  • Hollinger playoff odds: 23.9%

Verdict: I think the Celtics are better than their record, and should be getting out of this rut they’ve been in when Rondo returns on Friday. They’ll want to find a way to get both Rondo and Avery Bradley plenty of minutes. They’re better than a few of the teams ahead of them in the East and have the fifth easiest remaining schedule in the NBA. I’ll put them at a 40% chance to make the playoffs in an extremely weak Eastern Conference.

I’ll Have Another…Heat Finals Appearance

I had been looking forward to this post all week. Writing and re-writing this entire piece in my head on how I’ll Have Another was the first horse in decades to win the Triple Crown, and then I heard the news. I’ll Have Another would become the third horse in the sport’s history to drop out of the Belmont after winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown. This was a devastating day in sports to say the least.  But then Game 7 of the Boston Miami series started…

After LeBron’s 45 point performance in Game 6, I didn’t know what to expect in Game 7. Let’s just say I was not let down. With the return of Chris Bosh, the “Trio” was finally re-united and put on a great show for their home crowd. Bosh returned with a solid performance of 19 points and 8 rebounds. Wade and James were at it again showing why they are two of the best in the game, scoring a combined 54 points and taking the TicketCity Play of the Week.

The LeBron to Wade to LeBron alley-oop, as its being referred to, could not have come at a better time. The Celtics had taken a quick lead towards the end of the half and looked to be gaining some momentum. With forty seconds left in the half, The King makes an acrobatic steal and it’s LeBron and Wade on the run. While this has become quite customary during a Miami Heat game, this instance in particular showcases the unmatchable chemistry between these two guys.

After the monstrous two-handed jam by LeBron, the crowd depletes any momentum the Celtics thought they had. The Heat would go into the locker room trailing the Celtics at half time, but would pick up right where they left off and come out with a 101-88 win to advance to the Finals for the second year in a row. The Miami Heat will take on the OKC Thunder in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is on June 12 in Oklahoma City at 8:00 pm.

Now for the TicketCity Play of the Week: