Danny Does not fear the Warriors- or Cavs

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Danny Does not fear the Warriors- or Cavs

Post by Matty on Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:04 pm

https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2017/06/13/danny-ainge-says-the-celtics-arent-in-punt-mode-just-because-the-warriors-are-good

 I think we've all wondered a bit if The Warriors are too good to compete against. Some like me thought we had a much better shot against the Cavs than we really did, so we were a bit more broken down than we thought, but we still had our backsides handed to us. That team got theirs handed to them after looking near unstoppable running through the East.
 
The Cavs are still the team to beat in the East and we see that there's a lot that we need to do to get past that level. On the other hand, the Cav's are close to being tapped out as to options on improving their squad and James is 14 seasons, 1061 games regular with 41,272 minutes  and 217 playoff games for another 9,127 minutes. and he will be 33 this coming December. It didn't matter in this playoff run, but its a fair question to ask how long will he play at the level? Right now it would seem its Boston who looks to be the heir apparent to being top dog in the East. But the flip side to that is there's always other teams that are on the rise, for example Philly could be a powerhouse in the waiting at the same time the Cav's window is closing. Other teams could leap from obscurity to top dog status in a very short time as Boston did with the additions of KG and Benedict Arn.. I mean Ray Allen. This is always the case in the NBA, there's always teams coming and going in terms of being title contenders and it can change at any time.

And that's just the East,  Danny mentions in the story that no one may be even able to get to the Warriors level, that's how good they are- how long can they stay on top? Unless they become San Antonio 2.0, cap space and end of the line draft picks will eventually begin to have an adverse effect on them, but how long will that take- three years? Five?

Luckily for us as Celtics fans, the job Danny has done for so far since the breakup of his first contending team has put us into a position where we can expect to be fighting for dominance. Today I was thinking of the East as being like a pride of Lions, usually there's one or two alpha males with a number of young guys waiting in the wings to see if they might get a chance to take over themselves someday. Our ECF's matchup left the Celtics limping away licking their wounds. Yes the Cavs showed that they are indeed THE alpha male. But they are also in their prime, and for NBA players and teams that period is short. The Celtics? They are an alpha male, a lesser one than the Cavs at this point, but time changes all things. Keep both teams completely intact and let them go at it in a best of seven 12 months from now, would the Cavs take it in five again? Not likely, so how about two years from now? The Cav's likely can do no more than hold status quo for another season or two, Its unlikely that we see them actualy getting any better from here on out.

Boston though is still years away from hitting their prime. Yes Al is on the backend of his individualy, and IT is probably getting near his peak with Bradley right behind him. But with a very young core, tremendous flexability cap wise, the #1 pick this year, Brooklyns very likely lotto pick next season and as many as 8 second round draft choices between this draft and 2020 and 7 first round picks in the same time frame we are well suited for the long term.

So we can lick our wounds now, we were beaten and can own up to that, but we are young, and growing. Our team is  hungry and will only grow stronger. The Cav's laid everything they had on the court against us and the Warriors. James admitted he did the best he could against the Warriors and it wasn't enough. Soon the Cav's will realize their dominance of the East will be over as well. Lurking just behind the Cav's nipping at their feet is a younger alpha male, one that has the promise to be even better than Cav's at their very best. They know it and we know it. Its just a matter of time.

The young alpha male after losing its very first challenge does not give up, it learns, it grows and it awaits its turn to take over the pride. Then once that has happened it looks across the valley towards that other pride of lions, with its own alpha male. The young new leader of the pride does not cower in fear, its had the taste of victory and wants to dominate not just its own pride, but allow its domain to extend across the entire valley.

Danny Ainge's Celtics are just like that young lion, he's not like those other lions in the pride who will simply wait things out and hope they get their shot. Danny's lion is circling the leader of the pack, hungry, he has chosen his target already, first its the Cav's and then onto the Warriors. He knows this must happen, he is preparing himself and looking for the opportunity to make his move.

No, Danny fears neither the Cav's nor the Warriors. They are merely his prey. The Celtics time is coming.
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Re: Danny Does not fear the Warriors- or Cavs

Post by dboss on Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:43 pm

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The Celtics will close the gap by continuing to add better shooters and ball handlers and a couple of more rebounders.

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Re: Danny Does not fear the Warriors- or Cavs

Post by KyleCleric on Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:53 pm

Hayward and Fultz will help

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Re: Danny Does not fear the Warriors- or Cavs

Post by gyso on Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:17 pm

KyleCleric wrote:Hayward and Fultz will help

^^This^^

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