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Can these Celtics pass Doc Rivers' chemistry lesson? (AP
There are six days remaining before the start of the regular season and the Boston Celtics are still searching for chemistry.

WEEI's Green Street spoke to Jeff Green about Boston's roster:
“We’ve got a lot of guys who can put up a lot of points on the board, and we’re very unselfish,” said Jeff Green. “That shows that we have trust in our teammates that they can make plays.”

That may be true, but it raises another point: Other than Rondo, nobody really has a defined role. Five years ago, Rondo, Ray Allen, Pierce, Garnett and Kendrick Perkins practically defined the point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center positions. In fact, the only real matchup decisions C’s coach Doc Rivers ever had to make involved Eddie House and Tony Allen or Glen Davis and Leon Powe.

The article goes on to say:

Not only must the nine fresh Celtics faces learn a new system — defensive schemes, pick-and-roll coverage, offensive sets (all specifically mentioned by Rondo as necessary areas of improvement) — they have to learn it at multiple positions. And that won’t magically happen in this week of practice before traveling to Miami on Oct. 30.

This article makes it seem like there is trouble brewing with the unsettled rotation and that it may cause the Celtics to get out of the gates slowly.

I disagree.

The one thing that goes unnoticed when Doc builds his roster is that he always constructs it in a way to counteract the team to beat. Which this year, happens to be the Miami Heat. If you notice Miami also has a position-less roster with LeBron James playing a hybrid four.

Boston has Jeff Green in that sort of hybrid position and also has good three point shooters to spread the floor.

In fact morphing like Mitt Romney may be the best possible attack when playing in today’s NBA given the non-traditional play of modern day players, like James and Kevin Durant.

Frances 10/24/2012 09:41:00 AM Edit
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