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Hall of Famer Bob Cousy thinks Boston will be ‘in the top 2’

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Hall of Famer Bob Cousy couldn’t help himself but to throw a humble prediction for the Boston Celtics, team for which he played 13 seasons.

The Celtics came ever-so-close to reaching the NBA Finals this year, falling a game short with an undermanned roster — but Cousy thinks the current roster has what it takes to be one of the elite teams in the league.

“I don’t think they’re quite at Golden State’s level, but that’s tough for me to judge just by watching the games on TV,” said a humble Cousy, who turned 90 on Thursday, according to NBC Sports Boston. “It will be a hell of an interesting year — they’ll win way more than they lose — and they can beat any team on any given night, Golden State included.  I won’t predict a title, but I think they’ll be in the top two.”

Being in the top two is exactly what the Celtics are expecting with LeBron James out of the picture, now one of the favorites to take over the throne of the Eastern Conference, this time with a healthy Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward — two players that missed out on the postseason with season-ending injuries.

The only thing keeping the Celtics from being the East’s next dynasty is the impending salary mayhem that awaits them, as Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Irving will command long-term deals down the road, forcing president Danny Ainge and the organization to make tough decisions while keeping the team’s championship hopes alive.