Michael Finley Sees Celtic Green in His Future

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIMarch 5, 2010

SAN ANTONIO - MARCH 17: Forward Paul Pierce #34  of the Boston Celtics drives to the hoop against Michael Finley #4 of the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center March 17, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Danny Ainge has tried to find some offensive balance for his beleaguered team.  Their mid-quarter offensive drought has taken away from the team’s defensive efforts.  Nate Robinson has been a willing student of 'ubuntu' and has re-energized the team.

Ainge knows other teams are going to start making defensive adjustments to slow down Robinson.  He also knows Tony Allen and Marquis Daniels are not going to suddenly morph into offensive juggernauts.  Therefore, when the San Antonio Spurs released Michael Finley, the Celtics decided to join in the fray for his services.

The Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics were among the many suitors for the services of Finley.  In the end, he chose to join the lads in green.  The deal happened rather quickly, leading many to speculate that there was some under-handed shenanigans going on. 

Celtic nation hopes that the Finley move pays off, because in their eyes the Celtics may have lost another step. 

The Celtics have added length and championship experience to their bench.  They have also found a player that can spell Ray Allen.  If Ray Ray's shot isn't falling, Finley gets the nod.  If defenses try to key in on Robinson, yep, you guessed it, Finley can still spread the floor.

This leaves very few minutes for Daniels and Tony Allen; the ensuing fracas for time on the floor should be interesting to watch.  

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