Another Injury: Can The Boston Celtics Win The Title Without Homecourt?

Manu S-MContributor IFebruary 8, 2011

Shaq would've helped at a time like this...
Shaq would've helped at a time like this...Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Boston, do we have a problem?

You can add reserve guard Marquis Daniels to the Celtic's inactive list. He's expected to be out at least 1-2 months with a bruised spinal cord.

Although the Celtics have their fair share of injuries, they still lead the East with 38 wins, and have already pounded the Lakers once and Heat twice.

Keep in mind two of those wins came without backup center Jermaine O'Neal, starting center Kendrick Perkins, and likely sixth man, Delonte West, who will easily be one of the most important pieces come playoff time.

The Celtics have their core of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen intact.

Rondo is still dishing out dimes, and Perkins is back in the starting lineup (Personally I'd rather have Shaq come playoff time). Through all the injuries, all Boston has done is prove that it is easily the best overall team, and deepest team in the entire league.

The 10 best players for the Celtics: Garnett, Pierce, Allen, O'Neal, Rondo, West, Perk, J. O'Neal, Glen Davis, and Nate Robinson.

To finish off, on  the bench there's: Daniels, Von Wafer, Semih Erden, Luke Harangody, and Avery Bradley. That's incredibly deep.

Their main competition in the Lakers and Heat can not compete with that when healthy.

Of course the Celtics got pounded on the glass in last year's game 7. Remember, that was without Kendrick Perkins, and the new O'Neals.

Before the trade deadline, another 7 footer is supposed to make his return.

That's seven guys above 6'11. I think it's safe to say if Rasheed Wallace comes back, this team is unbeatable, and the most decorated in NBA history.

Although Boston beats the best, it has a bad problem of losing to the worst.

Miami is big competition come playoff time.

Having home court is a huge advantage. Even without Perkins, maybe the Celtics would have won on the title at the Garden last season.

Last night's loss against Charlotte was not pretty. After Stephen Jackson was ejected the win should have been locked up. The Celtics need to stop playing down to the level of competition such as: the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats, and Toronto Raptors.

I'm as confident as anyone that the Celtics are the team to beat in the NBA. That being said, if the injury bug hits in the Finals without home court, I'm not 100% sure they can get it done.


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