It is easy to have a positive outlook for the 2012-13 Boston Celtics. They are a vastly improved team who are a presumed favorite to return to the Eastern Conference finals.
It is quite another to look objectively. Going beyond that is taking a pessimistic view. This is something of value when reviewing a season down the road a ways.
A hint of realism is important in the life of a sports fan. The way to get that realism is to leap over the fence to the other view point and see not only if the grass is greener, but how to prepare for, and overcome, adversity.
That is what a pessimist's guide to the 2012-13 season is good for: Preparation.
There are nine teams along with the Celtics, who have legitimate shots to make the Eastern Conference playoffs. From there, any one of them could be the team to force the Celtics out. So why not explore how it could happen?