April 24, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Ryan Hollins (50) and Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman (45) battle for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
The season hasn't even finished yet and I haven't seen any legit playoff previews yet, but if this end of season grades post by Britt Robson (who I like by the way) is any indication, we can expect a lot of the experts to discount or outright count out the Celtics.
The Celtics' greatest accomplishment this season won't be the championship they have coveted since this core group of players last won it all in 2008; there simply isn't enough youthful depth or veteran endurance to battle that far. But with its glorious 13-4 spurt through most of March and into early April, Boston has probably postponed a massive roster overhaul at least another year.
He goes on to talk about how the Celtics can reload again for next year, which kinda seems like skipping a step. We do have the playoffs to play after all. I'm obviously quite biased, but I say count this team out at your own risk. They will not go out quietly, if at all.
By the way, Britt grades the Celtics with a B+, which might actually be too kind. I thought they had a C- first half and an A- second half, which probably averages in the mid to low B range. But I like the way they are trending. Saving the best for last?