Each NBA team will start the 2012-13 season with a set of expectations.
For a team like the Miami Heat the expectation game is tough, they're going to want to repeat as champs, something that isn't always so easy to accomplish.
Contrast that with the expectations set for a team like the Charlotte Bobcats who are coming off a historically bad season. For Charlotte, simply winning more than 25 games would represent significant progress.
In Boston expectations are high. The Celtics are already going to be saddled with a set of daunting challenges.
The Celtics would love to win a sixth consecutive Atlantic Division Title, make the playoffs, and get back to the Eastern Conference finals.
After that it gets tough.
Beating the defending champion Miami Heat would be great. It might not be fair to expect that to happen, but every Celtics fan certainly wants it to happen. Then, of course, there's the little matter of the franchise's 18th banner. That's the ultimate goal of every season, and as last season showed—even an inconsistent regular season doesn't mean a trip to the Finals is out of the question.
It's easy to forget what the final roster of the Celtics looked like when the 2011-12 season came to its conclusion.
The Celtics were an aging team that didn't rebound well, had trouble scoring and lacked depth. If you're setting your expectations for this coming season's team based primarily on the product that left the court last May, then prepare to have your expectations exceeded.
The 2012-13 season is almost upon us. The Celtics are going to be good, here are some ways the C's can go from just "good" to great or maybe even Champs.