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Celtics Morning Joe: Predicitons? Who Cares Anymore

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 15, 2013 at 5:00 AM

The road is long and winding in the summer, when your dying for a real game, sometimes the days feel never ending, other times they go to fast, mainly when the summer starts, and when we have plenty to talk about. Just like the start of this summer when the Celtics pulled off two big time trades, and when they signed a fresh faced rookie coach. At this point every blog has covered, and recycled story after story. With each new story I try to give a fresh or new aspect to a possible recycled story. When it comes to predicting the Boston Celtics in the 2013-14 season. I think it's clear where the rest of the world is on that front. The Celtics either win 29 games, or maybe a few more at 32 wins or so. With most of these predictions they don't claim that this is because the Celtics will be without Rondo. They believe this is who they are with him. If the Celtics are without Rondo for the first two months, I believe they win about 25 maximum. Rondo is the difference maker obviously. With Rondo running the team from game 1, I think the Celtics make the playoffs with about 41 wins or so, and that's my thought on the matter. 

Summer Forecast: A broken record?

Up first this summer: Predicting the final regular-season record.

Two days ago, ESPN's national summer forecast -- a group of 215 hoops pundits -- projected Boston to finish 12th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 29-53. Too harsh? Too kind? Averaging up the votes received thus far in our ESPN Boston summer forecast, our prognosticators have Boston pegged at 31-51 overall.

We've noted in the past that it's really hard to make a firm prediction on a team when you can barely name the starting 5 (more on that later in the series). While Boston's young core has defiantly shunned the idea that the Celtics will endure their lumps this season or that the team should tank for an even better pick, the green have the looks of a team that could struggle. It's hard enough to win in the NBA, let alone with a point guard coming off ACL surgery or a 36-year-old head coach with no NBA experience or after trading away two Hall of Famers.

My best guess? Let's pencil in a record of 29-53. November looks incredibly daunting and we're just not sure it makes any sense to rush Rondo back for opening night. Boston plays a whopping 18 games in November, including six back-to-backs, all of which close on the road (those second-night stops are in Memphis, Miami, Minnesota, San Antonio, Atlanta, and Milwaukee).

The rolling waters of the sea during this time of year, symbolize families together on vacation, or just simple fun in the sun. Right now for me it's a way to escape. The rolling tides that ebb and flow.I watch them come I watch them go. We've been hit hard this summer, and reflecting on the past has become normal, and being positive about the future has become a survival method.Some days I wake up to a place with sunshine and rain. I don't remember how I got to this place, but It was  filled with no feelings, and with no pain. I forget about what has happened, but once it clicks again. I just believe that the season that waits before us, it's just one big mystery, that hasn't been solved.

We have new players, a new coach, and a new system. How can we predict that, or how could they predict what happens. I think the one thing that gets me about these predictions? Nobody believes in the thought that Rondo could actually led this team to a low seed in the East. ESPN does believe in Kyrie Irving, and their new star player that they love. ESPN must be banking on Bynum, and some of the young guys there.He's the new love child of the network.

They don't trust Rondo with a young veteran team. I don't fault the predictions, and they don't upset me, but the fact that they couldn't even suggest the Celtics could make the playoffs if Rondo is back, and if Rondo is the player that we all thought he was. I guess what most people might say in this situation is? "It is what it is". We don't need there approval as if were a child looking for a parents blessing. They'll believe and promote what's best for them, and for them, Rondo isn't marketable.

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Reply Morena
7:10 AM on August 15, 2013 
As I've said before, I can't stand anymore all those haters out there.
I can't wait for the season to begin and hope the guys can silence all those critics!!
Reply paul
7:14 AM on August 15, 2013 
It sounds like the reason Blakely thinks Rondo may miss November is that the Cs may decide that it is just too difficult a month, too hard on a normally healthy body, much less an ACL recoverer. I think Rondo is very marketable. His game has unbelievable appeal. But it's not the brand they want to sell. We have to remember that sports - at least in America - are (it seems) intended as a kind of gladiatorial combat. They are meant to evoke war. There is a heavy emphasis on the power game. Rondo's game is subtle, artful and intellectual.
Reply paul
7:15 AM on August 15, 2013 
Morena says...
As I've said before, I can't stand anymore all those haters out there.
I can't wait for the season to begin and hope the guys can silence all those critics!!

I have no doubt that they will surprise people. It's a question of how much.
Reply rcraig617
11:32 AM on August 15, 2013 
I've kind of learned not to listen to these predictions because they're never right. 2 seasons ago nobody thought we would go 7 games with miami and years before they always were wrong about the celtics so hopefully this year is nothing new.
Reply Celticslifer
4:26 PM on August 15, 2013 
The experts have always screwed the Celtics with their predictions. Look at the Finals in 2008, when more than half picked the Lakers.
Reply jlil89
12:59 PM on August 16, 2013 
Rondo isn't marketable? HAH! I SAY! Isn't #9 one of the top ten selling jersey worldwide? Stupid ESPN lol

And I am in the camp that says hold Rondo back for November. That month is INSANE and I don't want Rajon to go through that. It's like what? 21 games in 30 days. Fuck that. He does not need to put his newly repaired ACL through that kind of shit.

December is when he should make his long awaited return. I think we play like 11 or 12 games with 8 being at home. That's perfect. It limits travel and the games are very spread out. The goal for this season should be allow our star player to get 100% healthy by ALL means. If Rondo is our guy, then we need to take our time with this and get him right. I don't mind in the slightest if we have severe growing pains to start the season. In fact, I expect it.

I care about finishing the season strong. We are all in this together. Let's grow and build something special.