Who are the Celtics right now? Can they win in the playoffs?
It's hard to say where these guys are heading.
I have no idea what to make of this team at the moment. Through the first half of the season Boston lost a lot of games to opponents with inferior talent. I remember thinking on many occasions that the C's couldn't beat any quick young teams, regardless of how bad their players were. However, my outlook remained positive because the postseason is a whole different animal. The game slows down, every team plays defense, and veteran superstars take over. This season's underachieving Celtics were still a team of battle tested warriors capable of making a playoff run.
Now the tables have completely turned. The Boston squad we saw earn their largest margin of victory of the season (on the road against a Western Conference opponent, their first of the year no less) yesterday was exactly the type of team that the Celtics used to fall to; a bunch of average and no name players winning by simply running and out-hustling the opposition.
Should Green start? And if so, for who? All of a sudden Boston has too many guards again, 1-5 a case can be made that they are all deserving of significant minutes. Is super-small ball the best way to go? We have 27 more games to figure all this out, and it looks like the process is going to be very entertaining. While I remain cautiously optimistic, I'm definitely concerned about this team's ability to win in the postseason.