Agreed.The Celtics, with largely the same core, were .500 all of last year - they weren't some juggernaut entering the season.
It was clearly unrealistic to expect a team with a brand new coaching regime with different areas of emphasis to avoid struggling early on, especially absent a lot of preseason time together. It was also unrealistic to expect this team to perform well when various core players missed time due to protocols, injuries etc. And it was unrealistic to expect this team not to struggle when both Tatum and Brown aren't playing their best.
So yes, there were more than a few fans who didn't scale their expectations properly. Their defense is amazing and they are playing better right now. However I would argue that any championship aspirations for this team are a bit premature. This team was 18-21 just over five weeks ago and that clearly happened if anyone wants to go back to look at posts about getting a top pick, selling off assets, trading parts of the core etc.
I am not trying to rain on the parade here - I am just not ready to attend yet.
I see the reasons for optimism too. Good points above about the upgrade of both Williamses. And White is surely an upgrade.
I think that the new floor for this team is a trench warfare series loss in round 1, which would be disappointing but not depressing (if that makes sense). And they can definitely do more if the shooting has indeed started to return (and with health of course).
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