Nine reasons the Celtics can contend
5. They're underdogs
This may be the easiest Celtics team to root for in years. When the Big Three arrived in 2007 there was a mercenary aspect to it, even though they were winning. The 2010 team that lost in Game 7 of the Finals broke a lot of hearts, while last year's team was so obviously on the decline. Now they're underdogs with no business challenging for a title. Even the plucky Oklahoma City Thunder seem like the Establishment pick at this point. Go Celtics? At the moment that's a pretty easy refrain.