The Boston Celtics have not had the best of starts. Right now (as of victory over New Jersey), the Celtics are 4-3. That does not seem like a record worthy of the Celtics.
One of the reasons Boston is in this situation is because they are lacking at the center position. Their starting center is Jermaine O'Neal. He is not very good. He can score the occasional mid-range jumper, but he just doesn't have the same defensive skills as their former center Kendrick Perkins, who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Other than their center position, this team is quite good.
In the absence of their primary scorer Paul Pierce, Rondo has been scoring in good amounts at point. Ray Allen is shooting great; he doesn't seem to have worsened since last year. He is still a great three-point shooter.
Paul Pierce has been playing in recent games and seems to be performing just fine. With time, he will recover his usual form. Last but not least, Kevin Garnett is also playing well.
One acquisition who has aided the Celtics immensely is Brandon Bass. His offensive game is great; he scores on mid-range jumpers and he scores off offensive rebounds. Ultimately, he is key to the Celtics winning.
The Celtics also have some rookies on the team, such as Dooling, who have loads of potential as professional players.
Despite a rough start, I foresee the Celtics earning a spot in the playoffs at the third seed.
Prediction of the final playoff round reached:
Conference Semis: Their lineup isn't strong enough to face those of the Heat or the Bulls.
Seed from last season: 3