With Aging Players, Boston Celtics’ Expiration Date Has Arrived

June 27th, 2010 by David Weiss Leave a reply »
Let me play devil's advocate for a moment on why the Celtics should keep their same starting five next year.

When healthy, they have proven to be one of the most difficult teams in the playoffs.

Had they had home-court advantage in the Finals (OR Kendrick Perkins in game seven), they may have been holding their own parade last week.

Had the free throw/foul disparity between the Lakers and Celtics not been so strongly in favor of the Lakers, we would now be talking about how urgently the Celtics need to go through every measure to keep their "big 3" (Rondo excluded) intact.

Here is the reality.

When your team has had health problems over the years, and that team also happens to be old, health problems are expected.

When your team is advised by Doc Rivers, whom each Celtics player regards as a father-figure, to be the agitators again and again going into game seven, knowing full well that the most aggressive team has won every game thus far in the Finals—you can understand why there was a disparity to begin with.

Maybe you agree with me, or maybe you don't. It's all hearsay after all, right?

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