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The Green and White are back for one last title shot (let’s be honest we’ll be saying the same thing next summer). The once and still perhaps future kings of the East we’ll be playing short-handed during the regular season thanks to Kendrick Perkins’ torn knee ligaments. Yet, barring another major injury Boston should have enough gas, with a touch of Diesel, for another playoff run.
This is Rajon Rondo’s team now, and although he and coach Doc Rivers occasionally bump heads, Rondo plays a beautiful point in addition to casing mayhem on defense. For the most part, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have aged like a fine wine the past few seasons, saving their best for last and delivering tremendous playoff performances. More is expected this season.
Starting Five: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jermaine O’Neal
Key Reserves: Glen Davis, Nate Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal
Diamond in the Rough: Avery Bradley
What it all means: For an aging team, the Celtics aren’t that deep. Tony Allen’s departure means Avery Bradley and Nate Robinson will see bigger minutes. The O’Neals will attempt to fill in for Perkins. I see 47-54 victories in the regular season for the Celts with another postseason push.