BOSTON (CBS) -- Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joined Felger & Massarotti in studio on Wednesday, ahead of Boston's regular season finale against the Miami Heat.
Grousbeck said Wednesday night's game against Miami, which has major implications on where Boston will fall in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, is not a "must win." While he says it wouldn't be OK for the team to lose in the first round, he also won't base the team's success this season solely off of what they do in the upcoming playoffs.
"One round versus two rounds, whether we beat our first round opponent isn't going to tell me as much as what I saw this year from this team," he said of the 47-win Celtics. "I'd like to win two rounds and get to the Conference finals, and see what happens.
"I'm comfortable with where this team is now because I'm not just looking at this season. I'm looking at the summer, at next year, at Brad [Stevens'] tenure and Danny [Ainge's] tenure and where this team is going," he said. "I will be inconsolable if we don't win the first round but I will not blow up the team over it. I'm with this team whether or not we win one round, two rounds or three rounds. Let's see what happens."
He added that he would be "annoyed and sad" if the Celtics don't get out of the first round, "but the plan is the plan and I love where we are."
That doesn't mean the Celtics won't be active this summer, when they will have plenty of cap space to add a pair of max contracts to the roster and some very appealing draft picks to dangle on the trade front.
"I think we're going to try hard as we always do, but we have a lot of irons in the fire," said Grousbeck. "We're going to try hard to have an upgraded team next fall."
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