As the Boston Celtics continue to age, our expectations of them become decreasingly high. Every year it seems like they have that "something left in the tank" to get them going and feeling rejuvenated.
Who's to say they don't have anything left in the tank for this year?
In fact, I might even go as far as to say they're better than they were last year. Yet with the aging of the Big 3, people may have the Boston Celtics finishing down at even 5th place in the East next year.
But in reality, between Miami, Orlando, Boston, Atlanta and Chicago, seeds 1-5 are pretty much up for grabs for any of these teams. So for Boston to finish fifth in the East wouldn't be all that far-fetched.
Which makes it all the less far-fetched for them to finish first in the East as well. It's hard to overachieve, or even underachieve, when the expectations are so scattered.
Does that mean that they can't overachieve or underachieve? No. It just won't be represented by their seed going into the playoffs.
That said, I think Boston still does have quite a bit left in the tank and here are 10 reasons why they will overachieve this coming season: