Boston Celtics: Expectations for the C's Bench in 2012

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Boston Celtics: Expectations for the C's Bench in 2012
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Coming into the 2011-'12 NBA season, the Boston Celtics were already dealing with a host of issues, including injuries (Paul Pierce's heel and Jeff Green season-ending aortic aneurysm), depth issues behind the starting five (the loss of Glen Davis and the lack of a back-up pure point guard to name a few), and of course the increasingly old Big Three.

Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers went to work to revamp the Celtics roster, especially the bench. The team re-signed Sasha Pavlovic, brought back Marquis Daniels and brought in the talents of Greg Stiemsma, Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass, Keyon Dooling and Mickael Pietrus. Avery Bradley stuck around and JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore were drafted out of Purdue this past June.

After a whole lot of hand-wringing and sleepless nights on the part of Celtics fans, the roster was complete by the time the Celtics took the floor at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks on Christmas Day.

Although only five games have been played, we can begin to examine the Celtics bench to consider the team's needs and what each player needs to do in order to contribute to another Championship run.

Here, we'll take a look at what each bench player needs to do in order to help the Celtics raise their 18th banner in 2012.

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