Twitter has a new function that allows users to create a poll question followed by two succinct answers. Since this is social media, plenty of people will probably use this for more harm or humor than good, and perhaps the Globe's recent Celtics-related polls fall somewhere in the middle.
The Celtics began this season with great optimism, and there is a real chance they could improve upon their seventh-place finish in the Eastern Conference and maybe even win a playoff series this year. Still, they clearly are not considered title contenders.
But it is also true that the future appears tantalizing, thanks to the fact that Boston will receive the Nets' first-round draft pick this June. The Nets, to put it nicely, are not very good. And that means the draft pick likely will be very good. Over the first two weeks of the season, it seemed like fans were more focused on the Nets' struggles than the Celtics' quest for success. And that felt sort of odd. And that brought us to our first poll question.
As you can see, the majority of the fans who voted were, in fact, more focused on the Nets. I'd just like to remind everyone that even if the Nets finish with a terrible record, there is no guarantee that they would win the draft lottery, and that securing the No. 4 or No. 5 pick would hardly be a ticket to a title. Why not enjoy the season that's unfolding right now?
But I digress.
Next, the focus turned toward the current team. The Celtics have dealt with some injuries to their backcourt, and when point guard Marcus Smart was sidelined with a sprained toe, Isaiah Thomas finally got his chance to start. He has not been spectacular, but he has played well, and since he joined the lineup the Celtics have defeated the Wizards, Hawks, Thunder, and Bucks.
Of course, in the Celtics' win over the Thunder on Sunday night, Thomas and Smart started together and Avery Bradley came off the bench in his first game back from a calf strain. We'll see what happens moving forward.
Our third question was about former Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, mostly because he is a polarizing figure in Boston, and polarizing figures are usually good for poll questions.
Rondo was traded to Dallas last season and now plays for the Sacramento Kings. But before that, he spent eight and a half seasons in Boston, helping the Celtics win a title and emerging as one of the top point guards in the NBA. Sure, some fans were frustrated by his occasional lack of interest, but others loved his quiet fire.
And with the understanding that there are generally some salty feelings when a player's departure feels awkward, we asked if Rondo's No. 9 should one day be retired by the Celtics. I was surprised by the lopsided results.
Anyway, these questions were getting slightly combative, so question No. 4 was feel-good debate fodder, and it was a question without a right answer. It was sort of like when your teacher would give a quiz and there'd be one question with two answers and you'd stress over it so much, and then your teacher would tell everyone that both answers were right, and you'd be so angry that you spent so much time thinking about it. Yeah, sort of like that.
I don't think you could go wrong with either choice. Like, if Twitter allowed a "C" option, I would have offered "they both win" as a pick, and I bet that would have somehow rocked the vote. I probably would have picked Bird and KG, because they would have taken the game more seriously than anyone has ever taken a 2-on-2 game.
At this point, poll week was winding down, and that made me sort of sad. And the best thing to do when you're sort of sad about the past is to focus on the future. So we gave false hope to those who are eagerly awaiting the Nets' pick and submitted the possibility that it does become the No. 1 overall choice.
With a few notable exceptions—LeBron James comes to mind—there are no guarantees in the draft. We asked if it would be better to keep that pick and pin the future on an unproven teenager, or try to trade it for a more established star.
And that wrapped up Celtics Twitter poll week. Follow along on Twitter so you can be a part of the vote next time.