The only reason our beloved Boston Celtics will not be raising Banner 18 after this year is age and injuries. Not the Magic, Spurs, LeBrons or Fakers will be the reasoning. It will be because age caught up and lead to injuries.
Mark this down somewhere: if the starting 5, Sheed, House, Big Baby and Daniels all play 68 games or more, the Celts will get homecourt throughout the playoffs. And they won’t lose at home in this year’s playoffs either.

Yes my glasses tend to be green-colored but I’ve assessed this objectively and don’t care what all the “experts” have to say. Remember the night before the 2008 NBA finals 15 out of 16 “experts” on ESPN predicted the Lakers to win the series in 6 games or less? Tim Legler was the only one who picked the Celts, in 7. I picked the Celtics in 6. I’ve always thought so many of these guys on television really know nothing more than me or you. That series proved it for me.

So the reasons C’s will win:

  • Best starting 5 in the league. The team won 27 of their first 29 games this past season. As this was going on, when people told me how good the Celts were looking, I said “their bench is weak and they need to improve that.” I explained how Big Baby and Powe were not sufficient backups to Perkins and Garnett in guarding opposing big men (Gasol, Bynum). Those guys didn’t have the length for that. Enter Rasheed Wallace, problem completely solved.
  • They realize this could be their last chance. Although a lot of people are extending the window of opportunity to 2011, I personally think this is the year for them to win it. Next season will have even more question marks (resigning a backup wing after Daniels will probably leave in my opinion) and everyone a year older. Garnett knows this as well as everyone and will embed it in his teammates’ minds.
  • Rondo and Perkins. These guys improved tremendously and are both better than they were on the 2008 team. Rondo is borderline All-Star right now and Perkins is better offensively (that jump hook and 15 foot shot I used to cringe at are now going in with regularity).
  • The deepest bench in the league. Mention Jamario Moon, Delonte West, Ilgauskas and Varajeao or Vucajic, Farmer, & Odom, or Pietrus, Bass, Barnes, & Anthony Johnson all you want. I’ll go to war every single night with the Celts main 4 of Wallace, Big Baby, Daniels and House. Yes another backup point guard may need to be added but that can be addressed at some point.

I’m confident the Celtics have the best bench in the league in addition to the best starting 5. They don’t have the top player in the league (and probably not one of the Top 5 at this point) but they have the best team. And by the end of June, that’s what will matter most.

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  1. Hmm...I'm going to have to think about this "best bench" statement. But with the starting 5 the C's have they don't need to have the best bench. Let me think about it and either agree with you or bash you later. ha.

  2. tb727 says:

    Think, and think some more lol. Seriously is the Lakers bench better from top to bottom because the have Odom? Yes Odom is probably better than any one guy off the C's bench but as a whole? No way.

  3. Mike-Dub says:

    I beg to differ that Odom is better than Sheed.

  4. tb727 says:

    I like what you say Mike-Dub- I only give Odom the edge there because he is about 4 years younger. All-time, no-brainer Sheed's better. Hopefully Sheed this year too :D

  5. Mike-Dub says:

    Yeah... I really think Sheed will be motivated this year... With trying to do well with his arrival to the C's and proving that last season was a fluke. I feel that Sheed will have a very good season this year.

  6. I think Odom is good, but motivation has been an issue for him, so while I'm not sure who is the better player right now (This could change after the first time I see Sheed on the court in green), I do think that it's possible that with his new contract, Odom will coast more this year.

  7. tb727 says:

    Ah right I forgot about Odom's new deal. Yep he should suck big-time this year, especially on the perimeter jumpers. Let em shoot them!

  8. Mike-Dub says:

    Heres the one reason the Celtics will win it all. They're the best team!

  9. Ron says:

    The pattern fits for the last 40 years since the Russell era ended. 1974 the Celtics won their 1st title since Russell retired. 1975 they lost in the ECF. 1976 they added Charlie Scott and won the 2nd title of the Cowens Era. In 1981, Larry Bird led the Celtics to title No 14. In 1982 Archibald got injured and prevented us from repeating. After 1983, we traded Rick Robey for Dennis Johnson and won it in 1984. After losing the rematch to the Lakers in 1985, We got Schisting and Bill Walton and won it in 1986. And then the dark ages hit before we traded for KG and RA and won it 2008. Injuries and attrition bit us last year like it did in 1975 and 1982 and 1987. This time we bring on Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels. This is a must win year for the Celtics.

  10. Welcome to CelticsLife Ron. Great first comment. I agree this is a must win year. It's hard to have a core built around players in their 30's. I think we have a great shot this year, but the window is closing. Rajon Rondo is the wild card. If he becomes a star (and keeps his head on straight) our window lengthens.

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