In just a few short days, the NBA playoffs begin. The bizarre, all-over-the-map nature of this shortened regular season will finally be behind us and the real games can begin.
The second season means the start of what many presume will be the last hurrah for the Celtics as we currently know them. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are free agents at year's end and although one of them should be back in Boston, there's no way to know if fans are about to see the last round of games this Big Three will play together.
The playoffs couldn't be coming at a better time for the C's either. After running off an impressive set of games after the All-Star break that saw them reborn as one of the league's best teams and begin to be discussed once again as a legit contender, they were able to manage the minutes of their stars down the stretch to the point that everyone will enter their first-round series against Atlanta at least partially well-rested.
The Celtics, as presently constituted, look like a team that can put a real scare into the Eastern Conference's top dogs. Here are a few reasons why.