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Celtics Morning Joe: Quick Thoughts on the Eastern Conference

Posted by shawn cassidy on July 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM



We know what the Heat have done. They've added Ray Allen, and Rashard Lewis so far in the offseason. The Nets traded, and got Joe Johnson from the Hawks, and they re-signed Gerald Wallace. The Hawks have taken a minor step back, they've added Devin Harris from Utah, but they traded Marvin Williams in the process. How about the Bulls, well the only move to really mention is a trade that sent Kyle Korver to Atlanta for Kirk Hinrich.  The Knicks have added Jason Kidd, and Marcus Camby, and they re-signed JR Smith. They've lost Landry Fields, and Jeremy Lin is likely gone, after the Knicks aquired Raymond Felton.


So how does the East stack up so far? As of today, I would say the East still runs through the Heat, and Celtics. The Heat added two deadly shooters, but the question remains how will it work, and how much game do both players have. I'll bet that Ray still has game, he did just a few months ago in a Celtics uniform, even though he was bothered by the ankle injury.


This is how I look at the Celtics losing game seven now, or the series. The Celtics have gotten better. If you add Bradley, Green, and Wilcox in the Heat series. I think we  have a different outcome. Bradley on Wade, would have been magical too watch. Terry coming in, cancels out losing Ray. The Celtics have also added Jared Sullinger. How much he'll impact the team is really unknown  right now, but I like his chances.


What about the Bulls? Well don't count them out, but Rose will be coming back sometime during the season, that was the last report. Which he might miss the first month or two of the season. Otherwise, why can't the Celtics beat the Bulls? Rondo, and Rose cancel each other out, so it will be up to others to decide the games. If you look at last season. The Celtics didn't have Green, and Bradley wasn't apart of the Bulls games. If both are healthy next season. I think those two guys are enough to lift the Celtics past the Bulls in any series.


Their is a lot of the unknown in the East, what happens in Orlando with Howard. Every team can still sign free agents, and of course make trades. So anything can happen, a team can change in a moment. But as of today, I say the East comes down to Miami, and Boston.

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10 Comments

Reply Celticslifer
9:51 AM on July 17, 2012 
I agree with that as well. I find it odd, that the Bulls haven't been major players in making any moves. I think they've taken a step back. They also lost CJ Watson, who was a big part of their bench.
Reply C'slife
10:08 AM on July 17, 2012 
I think the road will go through the Heat, and Celtics again. The Knicks look out for them this season, but something about them , just doesn't draw me in.
Reply paul
10:47 AM on July 17, 2012 
The way I see it, the key for us is still Rondo. It's been nothing short of amazing the way Rondo has gotten better and better and better each season. If he continues that way, we are looking at possibly a legendary year next year. We are stronger overall, and then add to that a radically improved Rondo and you might be amazed.
Reply Franklin
11:44 AM on July 17, 2012 
paul says...
The way I see it, the key for us is still Rondo. It's been nothing short of amazing the way Rondo has gotten better and better and better each season. If he continues that way, we are looking at possibly a legendary year next year. We are stronger overall, and then add to that a radically improved Rondo and you might be amazed.



The only thing that puts next season in question, is KG, and Pierce. Can they play the same way as they did last season? If so, the Heat are in trouble.
Reply paul
12:24 PM on July 17, 2012 
Franklin says...
The only thing that puts next season in question, is KG, and Pierce. Can they play the same way as they did last season? If so, the Heat are in trouble.


They don't even have to play as well, I think. If they do, I agree, the Heat are History. But at the same time, I think each starter, other than Rondo, is backed up by someone who brings a lot themselves. Wilcox sounds like he is really ready to go all in. Sully seems legit. Green, like Wilcox, sounds ready to really step up. I think we need KG and Pierce to play less minutes so that they can stay fresher, and so that we can constantly throw something different at the opposition.

Rondo? He's going to be playing a lot of minutes!! He is going to want to play with all his toys!!
Reply paul
12:37 PM on July 17, 2012 
Got to say this: if the Magic trade Howard to a contending team, Ainge should really talk to Pierce about renegotiating his contract - more years for less money - so we can nail down Courtney Lee or Stiemsma.
Reply Esther Lee
2:06 PM on July 17, 2012 
paul says...
They don't even have to play as well, I think. If they do, I agree, the Heat are History. But at the same time, I think each starter, other than Rondo, is backed up by someone who brings a lot themselves. Wilcox sounds like he is really ready to go all in. Sully seems legit. Green, like Wilcox, sounds ready to really step up. I think we need KG and Pierce to play less minutes so that they can stay fresher, and so that we can constantly throw something different at the opposition.

Rondo? He's going to be playing a lot of minutes!! He is going to want to play with all his toys!!


But watching Rondo play so many minutes also scares me. I don't want him to get injured, and I want him to extend his career years to the max so we can watch his genius mind play for as long as possible.
Reply Greg
2:17 PM on July 17, 2012 
paul says...
Got to say this: if the Magic trade Howard to a contending team, Ainge should really talk to Pierce about renegotiating his contract - more years for less money - so we can nail down Courtney Lee or Stiemsma.


I wish Paul, he should make less money, but at this point how the cap works. It won't even help.
Reply paul
3:16 PM on July 17, 2012 
Esther Lee says...
But watching Rondo play so many minutes also scares me. I don't want him to get injured, and I want him to extend his career years to the max so we can watch his genius mind play for as long as possible.



I hear that, but I think Rondo is at a point in his career where it is natural for him to play a lot of minutes, and where the team needs him on the floor as much as possible.
Reply paul
3:18 PM on July 17, 2012 
Greg says...
I wish Paul, he should make less money, but at this point how the cap works. It won't even help.


Yeah, I wondered how that would work with the ins and outs of the cap. If it would work, I'd really like to see Rondo, Pierce and KG all making 11 million, and that would give us the wherewithal to go after one more impact player. but maybe, as you say, it wouldn't even help