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Friday, April 20, 2018

Celtics owner: ‘I don’t think we’re as good as Cleveland’

The Boston Celtics are on the verge of clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but owner Wyc Grousbeck isn’t exactly exuding much confidence.

In an appearance on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday, Grousbeck expressed skepticism that his team could compete with the rival Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs.

“I don’t think we’re as good as Cleveland,” said a blunt Grousbeck. “If we got a chance to play them in the postseason, I’d love to see it, but I’m not sure how it would turn out.

“I actually hope the guys don’t forget that,” he continued, in reference to the Celtics’ 114-91 loss to the Cavs last week. “I hope the guys don’t forget how badly we were beaten last week and they can use it as fire going forward … That was Cleveland clicking on one cylinder, if you ask me … It showed us that we’ve got a ways to go.”

Of course, the Cavs are the defending NBA champions, and it’s difficult for the Celtics, who lost the season series to Cleveland 3-1, to stack up talent-wise to a roster featuring LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. Grousbeck is known for being frank, but perhaps this is also his way of taking some pressure off the team as they enter into the postseason.

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