Boston Celtics’ Player Outlook and Pre-All-Star Break Grades

January 9th, 2011 by Frances White Leave a reply »
The Boston Celtics are showing that the road to the Finals must go through them.

Boston is searching for consistency as the Chicago Bulls snapped their five game winning streak and they are tied with the Miami Heat for the best record in the Eastern Conference.  Boston has the Miami Heat in its rear view mirror and has the advantage with two quality wins against them.

They are doing it with a still ailing Rondo and starting a center, Shaquille O'Neal, who is past his prime, because of the injuries to their big men.

How are they doing this?  They must be super heroes like the X-men. A dysfunctional band that just find ways to get the job done.  Maybe the Fantastic Four because Rondo is being recognized for the things he can do. Kevin Garnett is supposed to make his return soon and Kendrick Perkins is about three weeks away from being able to practice without restrictions.

Doc Rivers has done a great job at keeping the team afloat and it speaks to the quality players on the Celtic bench.  The team itself has probably peaked without the services of its big men.  The loss to Chicago shows that they cannot continue to ...

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