Anyone on the Internet who predicts the Boston Celtics will reach the NBA Finals this season should lose his writing privileges, right?
I sure hope not.
Many facets of the the Celtics' upcoming season have been under the scrutiny of fans and experts alike. After being ousted by the NBA champion Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals less than a year ago, the C's have much to look forward to in 2012-13.
Size and athleticism were among the main differences between the winners and losers in 2012. With a few new-look teams around the NBA (think Brooklyn and a revamped Lakers squad), the Celtics will be forced to fight to remain in NBA Finals conversation.
Offseason acquisitions such as Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa aren't exactly on par with blockbuster signings of Dwight Howard or Joe Johnson, but their integration into the C's lineup could prove equally as influential.
Let's take a look at what kinds of thoughts are swirling around the web regarding Boston's upcoming campaign just before the season's opening tip.