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We should all know by now that the Celtics will always be more than the sum of their parts.  It has been 5 years since Celtic Pride was giving a jolt with the type of intensity that only Kevin Garnett could bring.  He makes each and every player man-up and understand that it's the name on the front that matters most. That in itself takes the measure of a players intestinal fortitude and his willingness to drink the team kool-aid.

The Celtics know that as long as KG is here the starters will do it, but haven't had that consistency from their bench since the 2008 championship.  The closest they came to duplicating that was the 2010 Finals when they were a Kendrick Perkins knee injury away from securing "the big three's" second championship.

Boston had a ton of experience on their roster with "ball don't lie", Rasheed Wallace, Eddie House, Nate Robinson, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, and Micheal Finley making the core of that bench. Wallace and Finley failed to provide any support, as Wallace was never in shape and did nothing after Perkins went down. They simply failed to deliver.

After that collapse, Danny and Doc could only get  players with limited skills, in Marquis Daniels, Mickael Pietrus and Keyon Dooling in a  supporting-role.  These players took up more injury man-hours than the starters and that magical 2012 run ended in a game seven Eastern Conference Finals letdown against the Miami Heat.

The game plan for the off-season was to add not just depth but the kind of  players that could play multiple roles.  Hence the additions of Courtney Lee and Jason Terry and the resigning of Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox.  These players along with a healthy Avery Bradley has kept the team afloat and see them getting ready to make their customary mid-season surge.

This team was built to withstand this injury riddled-season and will be a force to be reckoned with in the post season. Celtics fans and media types such as Micheal Felger of CSNNE who whine constantly take the short view in blaming Rajon Rondo; they should stand back and take a deep breath. Because this team doesn't function around a singular player, they will always  morph into the various shades of green required to drive  this team deep into the second season.



Frances 2/17/2013 03:05:00 PM Edit
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