After months of anticipation, the 2011 NBA Playoffs have begun.
After a day of upsets that saw several heavy favorites suffer Game 1 losses (including the West's top two seeds, the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers), the Boston Celtics survived the melee, edging out the New York Knicks 87-85 Sunday night at TD Garden, on the back of a late go-ahead three-pointer Ray Allen. On a day of upsets the favorites reigned supreme in Boston.
With the postseason now in full swing, how do the players on the Celtics' roster stack up? Of course, it's always a team effort, but Boston will absolutely need its stars and role players to come ready to play every single game this time around.
Here, we'll look at key players who need to step up this postseason in order for the Green to make another run at the title.