Does Avery Bradley think Boston can make the NBA Finals next season?
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley was in Cleveland for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and it feels just like yesterday he was on that same floor competing against the Cavaliers in a postseason game.
Bradley told the Boston Globe that the experience of reaching the playoffs and playing such a quality basketball team had a positive effect on the club, even though they were swept in the first round. How positive? Here's what Bradley had to say:
"Every game [against Cleveland] was close and we had a lot of young mistakes that we can learn from and we’re going to be prepared for next year. I’m excited, really excited, I think we’re going to do good, big things. I’m telling all of my friends and all of my teammates if we continue to work and prepare for next year, anything is possible for us. We made it to the playoffs this year and nobody expected us. Why not get to the championship? No one is expecting us to do it. Why not?”
The Celtics aren't jumping from a first-round sweep to three straight series wins without a major talent upgrade. They would need to sign at least one max player, nail their draft pick, have unbelievably fortunate health and see noticeable all-around improvement from every one of their young players.
The Eastern Conference is weak, but even if all those things somehow happen, getting past LeBron James would still be extremely difficult.
(h/t: The Boston Globe)
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