The NBA has been taking over by young teams and teams with multiple superstars. The Oklahoma City Thunder, the Miami Heat, the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Clippers, the New York Knicks, and the Los Angeles Lakers. While all of these teams are being predicted to be threats in the post-season there are still two teams being overlooked with possibly 6 Hall of Fame players and 2 Hall of Fame coaches between them. These two teams are the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics. Just last year the San Antonio Spurs had the best record in the Western Conference and the Boston Celtics swept the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs.
The Boston Celtics are currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and the San Antonio Spurs are currently the second seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs are currently on a 9 game winning streak after beating none other than the Boston Celtics last night in a thriller. With the absence of Manu Ginobli for the majority of the season veterans Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have stepped up and have played on a level equivalent to their last championship run in 2007. The Boston Celtics have been plagued with the injury bug all season long with a preseason loss of Jeff Green, Rajon Rondo missed an early 8 games, Paul Pierce was not in shape coming into the league, big men Jermaine O’Neal and Chris Wilcox faced season ending surgeries, and as of late Ray Allen suffered from a sprained ankle, yet this team is not a team anyone in the Eastern Conference is looking forward to facing in the post-season.
A big reason why these two teams have been able to seem revitalized is because of the youth their organizations have surrounded them with. Rajon Rondo being only 26 years old and being the on-court leader takes pressure off the Celtics’ veterans and the additions of Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley, and Mickael Pietrus has done nothing but help this team. The Spurs are the best team at adding talent without hurting their core. They stole Stephen Jackson and revamped their team with young talent like Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Gary Neal.