For the last handful of seasons, the Boston Celtics have fancied themselves legitimate contenders for an NBA title. The Atlanta Hawks took a massive step forward last season to assert themselves in the playoff picture.
Just before the start of last season, I wrote about how the 2021 campaign was Finals-or-bust for the Celtics. Is the hope then that they can push themselves to the top of that second tier? Is that where the top of the bar lies? Assuming good health, the #3 seed doesn’t seem too outlandish considering the star power that can carry the Celtics through the ups and downs of the regular season.