It’s a completely different team. All of them are different. They’re better, they’re healthier. They’re feeling better.
Periodically, we'll take a temperature check as the Celtics inch closer to the playoffs. I believe Celtics Nation is warming up to this team, but still has its doubts. Count me as a member of that group.
The thing is, all you really want is a chance. That's all you want as a player, as coach, as a GM, as an owner, as a fan. And the playoffs are kind of like the Lottery. Everyone has a chance. The Celtics may not have the most ping-pong balls heading into the playoff Lotto. But they are among the top three to five teams in the East with the best chance to make it to the Finals.
It just all comes down to how those balls bounce on game day.
We'll talk more about age and athleticism next time.