Our buddy Chris Forsberg is at it again, putting together a nifty three-week series over at ESPNBoston.com which tackles a number of pressing questions about the C’s upcoming 2012-13 campaign. Everyday a member of CelticsHub will be a part of a regular panel featuring Greg Payne, and writers from other terrific C’s blogs like CelticsBlog, Red’s Army, Celticstown, Celtics Stuff Life, and CLNS.
Today’s first question was what record will the C’s finish with this season and why? Here’s my response from the panel. You can check out everyone else’s predictions at ESPNBoston:
An improved Eastern Conference may make this win-mark challenging to hit, but I’m convinced that, with Danny Ainge’s moves to improve the depth and talent level of this roster, it is attainable. Unlike past seasons, there will be a measurable amount of carryover outside the starting 5 returning to Boston, which should prove to be extremely valuable. Combine that with some talented free agents in the backcourt, with Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, and you have yourself what could be the best regular season team Doc Rivers has had since 2008. As always, there is an injury caveat for the aging pieces of Boston’s core, but Ainge has positioned this squad to be able to withstand injuries better than ever this year. A return to a regular training camp and schedule should help as well. The X-factor here remains Rajon Rondo who continued to show improved consistency last season. If he can move forward with that progression, I expect Boston to be the favorite to land the two-seed in the East next year.