Boston Celtics were knocked out of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. Attention turns to Kyrie Irving’s free agency after a limp, and almost embarrassing, exit from the postseason.
The Celtics season is on the verge of collapse, or maybe it has already and we're currently in the post-mortem phase.
The NBA Playoffs begin this Saturday. Late season drama was limited, with the Detroit Pistons holding onto the eight seed in the East. We have known the Western Conference playoffs for a while, but the seedings altered in the final days of the regular season, changing the first-round matchups.
In all seriousness, the Celtics currently have a few small issues rather than a big one, which is much easier to deal with. Whether some of the young guys have been put off by the constant Anthony Davis rumours with the team, I don’t know. The only way we will find out is if the team put their heads down and work for each other and the team, rather than themselves.
With LeBron James on the other side of the country, the Eastern Conference is wide open. Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics are all competing to make the NBA Finals and there is little to pick between the East’s top four.
All in all, Ainge has used his business brain to good use once again. He is currently playing chess whilst everyone else is playing checkers and it’s fantastic to watch. The next couple of days will be the be all and end all for his masterplan but either way, you have to rate his effort in stopping LA getting their big three together.
The weeks leading up to the NBA trade deadline have been heating up, blockbuster trades, trade requests and ambiguous quotes are coming out left, right and centre. One of the main players in this rumour mill is Kyrie Irving.
Kyrie Irving was asked if he has changed his mind about signing with Boston in the summer. He said, “Ask me on July 1”, as reported by Ian Begley.
The three best in the East face-off in the Atlantic Division.