Celtics Governor Wyc Grousbeck: You Can't Be Contenders If You're Under .500

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2021

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Mass., Friday, June 23, 2017. With Tatum, a 6-foot-8 small forward, the Celtics get a player who was a polished scoring threat during his lone season at Duke. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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After a slow start to the 2020-21 season, Boston Celtics governor Wyc Grousbeck doesn't consider his team a title contender.

"You can't say you're contenders if your record is under .500," Grousbeck told reporters Wednesday.

Boston entered Wednesday with a 15-16 record after winning just five of the last 15 games. The squad hasn't had two wins in a row in nearly a month and currently sits sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Despite the recent struggles, there are still high expectations for Boston. According to FanDuel, the squad has 25-1 odds to win the NBA title this season, seventh-best in the league.

The Celtics have two All-Stars this season in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, who have averaged a combined 51.8 points per game, while Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart can be game-changing players when healthy.

This organization also reached the Eastern Conference Finals in three of the last four years, clearly showing it can make a deep postseason run if things go well.

"I think we've got a roster that isn't a contending roster right now, but it has the makings of something good I hope," Grousbeck added Wednesday.

Even with the All-Star break fast approaching, the Celtics have plenty of time to turn things around in the second half of the year.


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