Boston Celtics' New Second Team Will Get Them Far in the Playoffs

Will RiversContributor IApril 15, 2010

ATLANTA - JANUARY 29:  Kevin Garnett #5 and Tony Allen #42 of the Boston Celtics against Marvin Williams #24 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 29, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Despite the fact that the Boston Celtics have been playing awful basketball as of late, C's fans shouldn't worry. "The Big Three" will be rested and ready to go and Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins are playing solid basketball. The main reason, however, why I feel the Celtics are going to get far in the postseason is because of their new second team. With Nate Robinson now out as the backup point guard, the Celts found a better fit in the form of Tony Allen. The Celtics now top second line (with Ray Allen) is:

PG Tony Allen

SG Ray Allen

SF Michael Finley

PF Glen Davis

C Rasheed Wallace

Boston also has Marquis Daniels, Sheldon Williams, and Nate Robinson as capable backups. Boston will face the Miami Heat in the first round and then most likely the Cleveland Cavaliers if they win. The Celtics have a shot because of five reasons, one for each player.

Tony Allen—T.A. is a lock-down defensive player and without a doubt the Celtics' best defender. Allen also adds a great offensive ability to take the ball to the basket and score.

Ray Allen—With Sugar Ray in this lineup he allows them to spread the floor and occasionally attack the basket. Ray will provide his 18+.

Michael Finley—Michael Finley can play some D, score, and adds great experience. Watch out for Finley; if you haven't been watching any Celtic games, you might just be surprised.

Glen Davis—Big Baby is finally getting his shot back, he is also a hustler. Big Baby is the only player in the NBA to have more offensive than defensive rebound and does all the little things, charges, offensive rebounds, etc.

Rasheed Wallace—Doc Rivers has finally gotten 'Sheed to start going in the post, and it's worked. Rasheed is scoring a lot more and if he can watch his temper will really help out the C's.

Just because Boston has been playing poorly lately let's not forget how well they started off. Watch out for this team to make a championship push. They already have one of the best starting lineups and they have a bench that can be explosive.


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