When entering the 2016 NBA offseason, there was pretty much only two ways things could go for the Boston Celtics. Fortunately for Boston Celtics fans, they did the former, and they have now become one of the best teams — not only in the conference, but possibly in the entire NBA. The Celtics posted a record of 48-34 last season, and due to a brutal tiebreaker, finished No. 5 in the East. It was a rough draw for them, but realistically, it’s hard to argue that they aren’t as good, if not better than the teams who finished ahead of them in 2015 – 16, with the exception of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James.
Team USA plays its fourth friendly stateside, this time against Team Venezuela on Friday night. The Game When: Friday, July 29, 9 p.m. ET TV/Online: NBA TV. If you need a stream, watch it on USA Basketball's or the NBA's Facebook pages. FIBA Rankings: USA is #1, Venezuela is #22 Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois The rosters Here is the roster for Team USA: And here is the roster for Team Venezuela: Storylines Jimmy Butler comes home - Kevin Durant received his first home reception last Tuesday when the American beat China for the second time along with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. This time, it's Jimmy Butler's turn. In addition, Team USA assistant coach Tom Thibodeau returns to Chicago,