Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins expect the Celtics to make some noise

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Former Celtics Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins each imagine the Celtics have an awesome probability to make it to the NBA Finals this 12 months.

Pierce, an NBA analyst, stated the Celtics pose one of the best menace to stop the Milwaukee Bucks from representing the Eastern Conference.

“Not because I played for Boston,” Pierce said on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” on Friday. “When you look at their roster, you know, Jayson Tatum started playing like a superstar before the work stoppage. In my opinion, Boston has the best starting five in the NBA.”

Perkins, additionally an NBA analyst for ESPN, stated it’s laborious for him to go towards head coach Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors, nonetheless he stated he’s “gotta be a homer, here.”

“I’ve got to roll with the Boston Celtics,” Perkins said on “SportsCenter.”

Perkins identified that the Celtics have a “rising star” in Jayson Tatum, “one of the best point guards in the league” in Kemba Walker, “one of the best two-way players” in Jaylen Brown, a “finally healthy” participant who can go for 30 factors in Gordon Hayward, and “the heart and soul” of the group in Marcus Smart.

“You see him in a fight with a bear, you better help the bear,” Perkins stated of Smart.

Perkins known as the Celtics “very dangerous,” including that they play collectively and are well-coached.

“I think the Celtics pose the biggest threat to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference,” Perkins stated.

He later clarified on Twitter that not solely does he suppose they’re the most important menace, however they’re additionally his official choose to make it to the Finals.

The Celtics, who’re at present the 3-seed, resume play Friday, July 31, towards the Bucks. They play eight regular-season video games in complete earlier than the playoffs are slated to start Monday, Aug. 17.