The Boston Celtics‘ rise from last season’s worst team to the NBA’s best was one of the league’s most inspiring tales. The Celtics made it back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 because of their oppressive defense and the play of rising players Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Unfortunately, they were ultimately eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in six games. Many fans and analysts believe the Celtics will repeat as Eastern Conference winners and even go all the way to the NBA Finals because of the team’s second-half domination last year, the team’s relative youth, and the offseason signing of important player Malcolm Brogdon.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, on the other hand, is not making any premature judgments. He told The Boston Globe‘s Adam Himmelsbach that he doesn’t believe the team should have sky-high expectations after last year’s triumph.
What Wyc Grousbeck said of Celtics’ recent success
“I loved being right there with them. It was thrilling. The other side of the coin is I think that we’ve now been overrated. I think that performance was a bit overrated in the public mind, or my own mind, because I’m the one saying it.
“[We were] a finalist and two wins away from winning it, but when you look back, Brooklyn was a tough series, and then we had to go seven games [against the Bucks and Heat]. Then we lost [to Golden State]. So, we’re not a hands-down team to repeat as Eastern Conference champions. I think we’re a quality team.”Grousbeck was quoted as saying by Boston.com