Five tweaks that get the Celtics back to the Finals - perhaps beyond
With all of the trade rumors taking flight, the NBA news front is looking like Logan Airport.The latest buzz has the Pelicans Jrue Holiday coming to Boston for either Kemba Walker or Gordon Hayward.
But frankly, Danny Ainge does not have to pull of the deal-of-the-decade to get his team back to the Finals. Flash back to the 2018 Eastern Finals when Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Al Horford and Terry Rozier gave the Cleveland Cavaliers all they could handle in the 7-game series.
Al and Terry are gone, as are Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris, but Daniel Theis and Kemba Walker are now on board. And the present Green Crew battled well in the Eastern Finals once again. Tweak #1 is:
Aron Baynes needs to come back
Celtics need more strength, toughness and physicality
Bring Rajon Rondo back
Brad Stevens needs to loosen up his coaching style and substitution patterns
Play the kids
Second year man, Rob Williams, has had his share of injuries, but after two seasons in the League, we still don't know if he is a solid NBA talent. The athleticism is unworldly, but it is still up in the air if we are looking at the second-coming of Kedrick Brown or a budding All-Star. Also, is it too early to give up on Carsen Edwards? How about Tremont Waters? Is Tacko Fall too slow and lumbering for Brad's systems? The major question is whether any of the youngsters can contribute significantly in the post-season. Hey, Brad! Play the kids more.