The Boston Celtics look set to be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference next season, especially with the roster which they have assembled.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were able to help the Celtics reach the Conference Finals last season in what was a year filled with adversity due to injuries throughout the team.
Now, with Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving returning, and with LeBron James no longer at the Cleveland Cavaliers, the East could be Boston's for the taking.
However, with so many ball handlers now on the Celtics roster, problems could lie ahead in order to make sure that everyone on the court is receiving their chances with the ball.
During a recent interview with Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated, Tatum was asked about this exact issue and how Boston would find a solution to it.
The forward stated that he wasn't concerned as he has confidence that his team will find a way to make it work as everyone wants to win first, and they know sacrifices may have to be made for that to happen.
He said: "We’re all professionals. We’re gonna find a way to make it work. At the end of the day, we all want to win, so everybody has to sacrifice when you want to be a part of something special. It’s not gonna be any different for us.”
First, they'll have to get used to having Hayward on the court as part of the mix, as he only played a couple of minutes in the opening game of last season for the Celtics before breaking his leg.
He hasn't played since for Boston, so he'll need to be integrated back into the team when he takes part in team training camp later this year.
However, we've already seen from the team last season that they can succeed and come within points of making the NBA Finals even through the toughest of adversity. Head coach Brad Stevens plays a big part in making that possible
This year should be their year in the East, especially with LeBron now in the West. It's just a case of making sure performances on the court match that expectation.
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