A Celtics-Rockets Finals series was considered unlikely - not anymore
It was supposed to be a Cavaliers-Warriors Finals, right? That could still happen, but a Celtics-Rockets series seems at least as likely.
Both Boston and Houston are up 3-2 on their respective Conference rivals. To make it even more interesting, while the Celtics got their injuries out of the way during the regular season, the Cavaliers, Rockets and Warriors are now being bitten by the injury bug.
The Warriors Andre Iguodala is dealing with a knee issue while the Rockets Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals. The Cavaliers Lebron James is almost literally carrying his team and seems downright fatigued.
If Boston is able to take one of the two remaining games versus Cleveland, they will move into the Finals. The Celtics have already made many adjustments to compensate for the loss of Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis. And they have adjusted extremely well.
Facing the Rockets minus superstar Chris Paul, or even a less-than-100% Paul, would give a boost to Boston's chances of winning the Title. Going against the Warriors without a key member of their Death Lineup (Iguodala) would also help the Boston cause.
Man every NBA team is battling injuries right now.
Celtics: Kyrie Irving - knee, Gordron Hayward - broken ankle
Warriors: Andre Iguodala - knee
Rockets: Chris Paul - hamstring
Cavs: Lebron - tired
Updating CP3's status for Game Six, he is now listed as OUT with a right hamstring strain. It is a well-known axiom in the NBA - Get into the playoffs, and anything can happen. Well, the Celtics made it comfortably into the post-season and some things are happening that may be in their favor. Most of us never envisioned any of this at the start of the season in September.
The Celtics play in Game Six tonight, and a win sends them into the Finals against a still-unknown opponent. This team has fought hard, and it may be time that they get a few breaks. Anything can happen!