There are only three teams that Colin Cowherd believes are capable of winning an NBA championship in the Orlando bubble: the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Boston Celtics. The teams that he believes are outside the championship bubble include the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Cowherd describes the Celtics as his dark horse team to win it all because of the star power and depth this team has. Cowherd points out that Boston has three players scoring over 20 points a game, and if one player goes down, he believes they’d be just fine.
“Boston Celtics, they’re my dark horse to win it. They’re inside my bubble,” Cowherd said. “One of the reasons I like them, especially now, if they lost a guy to an injury or COVID, they’re in pretty good shape. They’re the only team to have three players average 20-plus points. Averaging 20-plus points in the NBA is a real thing. That’s like an All-Star.”
Besides the Celtics having three players scoring over 20 points a night, Cowherd reminds everybody that they also have Gordon Hayward, and it wouldn’t shock him if he goes off for 24 points a night.
“Kemba (Walker), (Jayson) Tatum and (Jaylen) Brown, and if Gordon Hayward drops 24 (points), you wouldn’t be shocked. They were also 5-2 against the best teams in the Eastern Conference. I think they’re a dark horse team to win it.”
Colin Cowherd isn’t wrong with anything he is saying here. Do I believe he’s not giving the Lakers or Raptors enough credit? Definitely, but we’re here to talk about Boston. The Boston Celtics should be a lot of people’s dark horse team to win it all because there simply is not a team in the NBA that has a better starting five than Boston.
There’s no other team in the league that has three players averaging over 20 points. No other team has a fourth option that averages 17/6/4. Boston’s bench is the only thing that would hold him back, but come playoff time, Brad Stevens will have at least one of those guys on the floor at all times.
It’ll be tricky when Gordon Hayward leaves the bubble for the birth of his child if Boston is still playing at that point, but we’ll get there when we get there. Boston is no stranger to playing without one of its top players, so they’ll adjust and figure it out.
Add Colin Cowherd to the list of analysts joining in on the hype surrounding the Boston Celtics. This will be a fun playoff run that will tell us a lot about this team moving forward. Is Jayson Tatum ready to become a full-blown superstar? Will Cardiac Kemba show up in the playoffs? Is Jaylen Brown able to become a go-to player for the Celtics?
We’ll just have to wait and see.
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