The sweet smell of victory is on the air in Beantown.
The Red Sox just won the World Series, the Patriots look like they're on their way to the Super Bowl, and the Celtics are the most hyped team in the NBA.
With the additions of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Paul Pierce finally has the supporting cast to catapult the Green Machine to a title...maybe.
The first litmus test for Boston came in their opening-night victory over the Wizards. The Celtics jumped out to a 20-point lead by halftime en route to an easy win.
Garnett couldn't have asked for a better debut, dropping 22 points and adding another 20 rebounds. Pierce added 28 points and Allen 15 in 38 minutes apiece.
But can they keep it up?
Though there's no question the Big Three are magnificent ballers, the rest of the Celtics roster leaves something to be desired.
Center Kendrick Perkins has never averaged more than six PPG. Point guard Rajon Rondo showed flashes of greatness last year, but his numbers and confidence will suffer as he's relegated to fourth-option status in the Celtics' offense.
Off the bench the Celts have...no one of note.
Pundits are predicting that Glen "Big Baby" Davis is going to have a breakout rookie season. Are you serious? Does anyone remember Oliver Miller or Robert Tractor Traylor?
Any player who can double as a sumo-wrestler is bound to fail in the Association.
Unless the Big 3 are planning on playing all 48 minutes or building 30-point leads every night, the Celtics won't last the season.
You win NBA championships with depth, not just with stars. In a league in which speed kills, a thin bench is a recipe for disaster.
While the C's are considerably better than they were last year, they're still a long way from a championship—or even the second round of the playoffs.
The solution, of course, is a simple one:
Get some subs, get a championship.