The Boston Celtics are sitting at second in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 41-24 have been on the rise. Many Celtics fans wonder, what does this team need to take them to the NBA Finals? In an Eastern Conference where a Lebron James led team has won seven of the last 10 Eastern Conference Finals’, the East can seem weak. The Boston Celtics have a very good shot at the ECF and will most likely face a James led team once again.
What do the Celtics need to be able to defeat the Cavaliers in a seven game series?
Throughout the 2016-17 season the Celtics are the fifth worst rebounding team, as well as having a serious problem with interior defense. The Celtics upfront however hold some of the best defenders in the league with Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, and Jae Crowder.
The Celtics drastically need a big man, and soon. The Celtics need a man who can get double-digit rebounds every game as well as bolster the Boston defense down low. After the Celtics did not pull the trigger at the trade deadline many fans wonder where this player will come from.
Many fans believed Demarcus Cousins could be the man Boston needed, a player who could propel them past the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals and into the NBA Finals. Demarcus Cousins was eventually dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans for numerous players and picks. The deal between the Kings and Pelicans is one where Celtics fans know general manager Danny Ainge could have made a much sweeter deal but hesitated.
The big man the Celtics drastically need is out there somewhere, whether it be in the offseason free agency, trade, or in the draft. But this big man will not be arriving until sometime after this season. The Celtics have one of the best futures of any NBA team, due to the trade with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Celtics will play out the year with big men Al Horford, Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller and Jordan Mickey. The Celtics drastically need someone who when a player like Lebron James or Kyrie Irving drives to the lane they face some sort of defensive presence rather than the lackluster interior defense of the Celtics.
Boston drastically needs a big man to help them to the Eastern Conference Finals, and without either a change in the roster or a change in play, the Celtics will have a hard time winning a seven game series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.