Boston Celtics: Lockout Could Hurt Team in Regular Season, Help in Playoffs

December 3rd, 2011 by Dan Hartel Leave a reply »
The Boston Celtics are one of the oldest teams in the NBA. Their core group of Ray Allen (age 36), Kevin Garnett (age 35) and Paul Pierce, plus the only center on the roster, Jermaine O'Neal (33), have logged countless minutes in the league.

As Mark Spears of Yahoo! Sports postulated, the Celtics could be one of the teams hurt most by the lockout-shortened season. The prospect of playing back-to-back-to-back games could be extremely difficult for one of the oldest teams in the league.

As Spears theorizes, Celtics fans will likely see members of the Big Three given nights off during triple back-to-backs, a method which would ideally keep the core healthy and rested for a playoff push, but likely diminish the quality of play during the regular season.

In other words, Celtics fans could be in for more than a couple dissatisfying nights this season, as they'll likely have to sit and watch the team struggle to perform when one or more of the Big Three sit out or operate on severely restricted minutes.

But if the Big Three are forced to sit out games at the request of Doc Rivers, more minutes will open up for the bench.

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