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Watching the one-seeded Boston Celtics take on the eight-seeded Chicago Bulls through the first 2 games of the NBA Playoffs has been very frustrating. The team that many fans have fallen in love with has yet to show up in the series, and it has led them to a 0-2 hole against a very poorly put together Bulls team that cannot shoot to save their lives. It isn't even like Bulls star forward, Jimmy Butler, is making that much of an impact. Sure, he's been the best player on the Bulls so far, but that's to be expected.
Through the first 2 games, the biggest thorn in the side of the Boston Celtics has been Robin Lopez. ROBIN LOPEZ! You know, the twin brother of Brook Lopez? The man averaging 8.7 PPG and 5.5 RPG for his career? Well, he's averaging 16 PPG and 9 RPG (6 offensive) so far in this series. So despite the Celtics having a talent advantage down on the block, it's Lopez who's feasting on the glass down low.
So, despite the series and season not being over, why not look forward to this upcoming free agency? Because if the Celtics want to win a title in the near future, while the likes of Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley are still under team control, they're going to have to add some depth around those players, even if it means not going after the best player available.
We've heard rumors about the Celtics and Gordon Hayward having mutual interest, but in all reality, he doesn't really make the Celtics that much more of a threat in the Eastern Conference. And, watching these first two games of the playoffs, adding 3 point shooting isn't much of a need. What's killing the Celtics is their rebounding, where they ranked 26th in the NBA this year as a team. So as far as who the Celtics should go after? I say it's Blake Griffin.
Griffin averaged 8.1 boards per game with Deandre Jordan (13.8) in the same front-court as him, now imagine putting him into a situation where he can be the best rebounder on the floor for Boston. We are talking about a guy who could average anywhere from 10-12 rebounds per game in the 2017-18 season and beyond for the Boston Celtics.
Oh, and he can play some offense too. Despite numerous injuries to his legs, which has derailed his bounce a little bit when it comes to dunking, Blake Griffin is still one of the more exciting offensive players in the NBA. Whether that be a fancy dribble move into a dunk, or finishing a lob, or even making a nice pass (averaged just shy of 5 assists as well), Blake Griffin can create his own shot down on the block, not only for himself, but for his teammates. And that is something the Celtics need desperately.
Now the one knock on adding Griffin is that it leaves Al Horford at the five, where he has seen his share of struggles, particularly in the playoffs thus far. However, if you add Blake Griffin, the pressure of having to play big comes off the shoulders of Horford, and allows him to play his game. And his game is what has gotten him to the All-Star Game, and become one of the most solid, consistent bigs in the NBA.