Do you feel it? It’s playoff time, x2. With the Bruins set to begin their playoff run tomorrow and the NBA playoffs kicking off on the 15th with the Celtics, New Englanders have much to cheer about this week. It’s also a week that you’ll need a friendly reminder to gear up on some adult beverages from the packie so you’re not running out during the national anthem to make sure you keep those eyes glued to every ounce of emotion that oozes from playoff sports. But the question that is on every fans mind is, who will actually make a run, and who will be likely to end in disappointment? Here’s my argument.
When you look at the Bruins in their last 10 games I think you get the gist of who they are. Inconsistent. With only taking 6 of the last 10 they show who they are; the slightly big guy with the jean jacket in 2017 bad Bruins. They’re the Bruins of the last couple years plus Pasta and Marchy; who’s stepped up his game. They lack depth, defense is a mess and I’m sorry, I was going to try and dodge some flak but Rask’s performances in key situations has yet to be championship-quality. Not to mention when you have a 0-3-1 record against their first round opponent, (Ottawa Senators in case you’re now waking from a coma) I find it hard to believe it’s reasonable to think the Bruins have a better shot than the Celtics to make a run. You wanna talk about some injuries? I don’t but you have Krug and Carlo limping into the series. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s gonna be a decent series but I’m not crossing my fingers of getting out of first round. Can the addition of Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Charlie McAvoy carry this team? That’s tough to say.
Now let’s talk about the mean green boys with a serious chip on their shoulder. A chip so large Brady will probably have to make an appearance in the Garden to help carry the load. The 2016-2017 Celtics are one of the most under appreciated, under estimated teams I’ve seen in a long time. When you have clowns calling the possibly the worst #1 seed of all time, you know people are just hating on their greatness because they don’t have that “one more elite player to be considered championship caliber” bull that we’ve all gotten brainwashed into thinking is absolutely necessary. I’m not saying it would help, it would, but can they do it with the team they got? You bet your sweet ass they can. With the Bucks game tomorrow, hopefully they can lock down the top seed in the east, with first round match ups possible against the Pacers, Bulls or the Heat, it’s safe to say we have a high probability of making it out of the first round (4-0 vs Heat, 3-0 vs Pacers, 2-2 vs Bulls). Personally I think it’d be in our best interest to take the 2 seed judging by our record with the Heat but I want the #1 seed to shock the NBA. Either way we it’s a good time to be a Boston fan, come to think of it it’s been a while since it hasn’t been good. Let’s go!
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