Boston Celtics: How Doc Rivers Can Preserve the Health of Team's Aging Core

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Boston Celtics: How Doc Rivers Can Preserve the Health of Team's Aging Core
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Barring any further insanity around the NBA, the Boston Celtics’ roster looks to be complete for the upcoming 2012 season. The team has 15 bodies under contract, so the next piece to focus on is how Doc Rivers will go about preserving the overall health of the team, allowing the C’s to remain competitive deep into the playoffs?

No one is going to confuse this Celtics team for one that is bursting with youth; but luckily it’s a team that has a surprising amount of depth to it, despite the losses of Glen Davis and Delonte West, et al.

The acquisitions of Brandon Bass, Keyon Dooling, Chirs Wilcox and old friend, Marquis Daniels aren’t Earth-shattering; but they do give the Celtics a lot of experience and the intangibles to remain competitive deep into the playoffs.

An eventual key to success of the new look lineup is that the Celtics have brought in multiple players who can shift between two or three different positions in the rotation.

This is the first factor in how Doc will go about keeping everyone fresh this season. Expect to see a lot of different on-court combinations, especially at the beginning of the season, since the team is going to be very raw. It has also been suggested by WEEI’s Paul Flannery that KG won’t play more than 30 minutes per game, so this is more reason to believe that a constant rotation of players is a strong possibility during the season.

How everything pans out will depend on a few factors, so the right chips need to fall into place. But at first look, there could be a lot of diversity in the Celtics’ game-planning, something that could confuse opponents while keeping the boys in green fresh. 

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