The Boston Celtics have gotten off to an extremely successful start for this years season, beginning on October 18. There was much speculation as to what this season would bring for Boston, after controversy derailed the off-season and flipped the organization on its head.
The C’s had a remarkable 2021-2022 season that culminated in an appearance in the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, the Golden State Warriors would best the Celtics in the best-of-seven series 4-2.
Things were looking up and hopeful during the offseason, and plans for another run at the championship seemed attainable after head coach Ime Udoka’s stellar first year with the team. Unfortunately for Celtics players and other staff, that plan for a 2022-2023 champion banner came crashing down with Udoka’s sex scandal that became public in early September.
Udoka’s year-long suspension is already underway, and his future with the team after the suspension is currently undecided. Interim head coach Joe Mazzula has taken over, and things have been looking good so far.
Spirits are high within the team – and not just the spooky, Halloween kind! Players are performing in peak condition, getting back into the groove with one another, and staying consistent through all four quarters, holding a 4-2 record so far.
The only blip this season came in the form of a one-game suspension for power forward Grant Williams, who was suspended without pay for “inappropriate language and ‘recklessly making contact with’ a referee,” according to the NBA. Williams came back Sunday night with 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and going 2-3 on 3 pointers.
One of the few question left for the Celtics this season whether of not we will see the return of center Rob Williams, who has been out with a left knee injury and meniscus tear at the end of last season. He underwent knee surgery in late September, but the timeline for his return is unclear.