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"A chain is as strong as its weakest link" is an idiom, or probably some ancient proverb, that simply means a group is only as strong as their least strong person is. That's true in all facets of business -- and NBA rosters are no exception. After all, what good is having a solid starting-5 if the bench isn't worth a damn?

As the Golden State Warriors -- and other previous NBA powerhouses -- have proven time and time again, a great, deep bench is not just a luxury, it's an absolute necessity, in order to reign victorious. 

The Boston Celtics had great depth last year, but injuries turned the mantra of this team from "next great player up" to "next man up" to "next anybody up." Such is no longer the case as the 2018-2019 Boston Celtics are back, healthier than ever, better than they've been in some years.

All-Star Gordon Hayward returns after a gruesome injury that sidelined him for all but five minutes of last season.

All-Star / ball-handling savant Kyrie Irving returns after missing 20 games and the entire post-season.

During what was a seemingly improbably playoff run, Terry Rozier subbed in masterfully for the injured Irving, as did Mr. Throw-Caution-To-The-Wind himself, Marcus Smart. Now, both of them, two invaluable members of this green-and-while gauntlet who are clear starters in this league, will be coming off the bench.

Celtics veteran and leader of the newly-named "Bench With Attitude" (BWA) squad, Marcus Morris, clearly thinks the Celtics bench is elite -- and they're ready to do some serious bruising, physically and mentally.
"If [opposing team's second unit's not ready, you're getting your a-- busted, you know I'm saying? That's what it's going to be.

Morris continues.
A strong bench is imperative if a team wants to raise a banner. For the Boston Celtics, that bench of tough-as-nails guards Rozier and Smart, along with Euro star Brad Wanamaker, coupled with get-out-of-the-way-or-you'll-be-pushed-out-of-the-way bruisers like Morris, Semi Ojeleye (and both his biceps), and Aron Baynes, are poised to be one of the best benches in the league.


Considering this roster, minus the services of Kyrie and Gordon, was minutes away from an NBA Finals berth is now back at full strength -- and then some -- well, that just spells doom for the rest of the league, now doesn't it?

The Celtics preseason starts tomorrow, which means that impending doom will get its first chance to reign its terror less than 24-hours from now in Charlotte.

For more on Morris' comments regarding the Celtics bench, read Taylor Snow's article here.

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Edward Babaian 9/27/2018 07:48:00 PM Edit
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