It get Philly and Brooklyn, but it's weird to me that everyone repeats this wrt the Bucks. They're noticeably worse than in prior years (when they were already overrated), and the Celtics have consistently played them well and shown that they have approachs to slow Giannis.I wouldn't say it is "the team we've been hoping for" yet, but it is moving in the right direction. Will we get a healthy Evan Fournier back in time to integrate him? That would make a difference. This team should be #4 in the East, albeit with little hope of knocking off any of the top 3. I think that is where they wind up by the end of the season.
Bit of a nitpick and wouldn't matter until the (unlikely) ECF, but I'd feel pretty good about that matchup relative to others.
The same goes for the Lakers actually--they're very good with LeBron and AD back, but not as awful for the Celtics in particular as Philly and Brooklyn.