How best to describe the 2018-19 Boston Celtics, a group that entered the season with grand expectations, has fallen massively short of those expectations yet still has its most important basketball ahead?
Leave it to the boss to articulate.
Speaking Saturday at the 2019 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck aptly summed up his inconsistent squad during a panel discussion with ESPN reporter Jackie MacMullan and Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss.
"I think the players that we have on the court have the capability of getting to the (NBA) Finals," Grousbeck said, via The Boston Globe's Nicole Yang. "We also have the capability of losing in the first round."
After all, these Celtics have beaten the Toronto Raptors twice, swept their season series to date with the Philadelphia 76ers and taken the Golden State Warriors down to the wire in January. As All-Star guard Kyrie Irving insisted, this team can beat anybody.
... But it can also lose to anybody. Inconsistent shooting, lack of hustle and chemistry concerns have plagued the C's off and on this season, resulting in brutal losses to subpar clubs like the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic.
That's all to say the No. 5 seed Celtics are the biggest enigma in the East as the playoffs draw near.
Oh, and if the C's do get bounced early, expect president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to take action.
"Danny would throw his mother in for the right trade," Grousbeck quipped.
Ainge's mother and picks for Anthony Davis; who says no?
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