The Celtics lost Game 1 of their first round playoff matchup against the Bulls yesterday, and Colin thought Chicago star Jimmy Butler was, hands down, the best player on either team.
The Celtics have one star in Isaiah Thomas, but the rest of the roster is a collection of “nice” players. Boston has been loaded down with draft picks and cap space for several years now, but have been unable to parlay the picks into anything resembling a star. Even though they’re a #1 seed in the East, no one thinks they can unseat the Cavs.
At this year’s trade deadline, the Celtics were rumored to be closing in on Butler, or Paul George, but couldn’t finalize a deal. Even though they would have to re-sign Butler, had they acquired him and mounted a serious challenge to LeBron in the East, the prospect of leaving for the Lakers, mired in a 5-year rebuild, in free agency would be less attractive.
Instead, Boston has a roster full of B players and a bunch of draft picks, and they’re not going anywhere.