The Boston Celtics did not have the finish to their season that they or their fanbase expected.
After making the Finals last year and losing to the Golden State Warriors, the expectation was another Finals appearance for Boston.
But, after firing head coach Ime Udoka, the Celtics were headed down an unusual path.
Udoka was suspended indefinitely from the team after violating a team rule, then was fired.
To replace Udoka, Boston hired Joe Mazzulla to take over as head coach.
The 34-year-old lacked head coaching experience but the Celtics did not have the time to conduct a long coaching search.
While the Celtics had a successful regular season, we did not see the same team in the playoffs.
Many people blame Mazzulla for not having his team prepared for playoff basketball.
After a devastating Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, many people are wondering if Mazzulla will return.
According to Sham Charania, it appears Mazzulla will be coming back for a second season with the Celtics.
“If he got swept, I think there would be a lot more questions… but the fact that it did go to game 7, I think it allowed the Celtics to see that there is a little bit of runway, some potential here.”@ShamsCharania on Joe Mazzulla’s future with the #Celtics#RunItBack pic.twitter.com/dSjCIGtZR1
— FanDuel TV (@FanDuelTV) May 30, 2023
Getting swept at any point in the playoffs is not a good sign.
So when Boston went down 3-0 to the Miami Heat, everyone was calling for Mazzulla’s job.
Luckily for Mazzulla, his team was able to force a Game 7.
Boston should be looking to change their roster around this offseason.
They need to make substantial changes that might start with moving on from Jaylen Brown.
While Mazzulla does not get to make personnel decisions, he is affected by them.
It will be interesting to see what roster the Celtics put on the floor to start next season.NEXT: Chris Broussard Explains What The Celtics Should Do This Offseason