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2012-2013 Celtics Preview
To add another banner, the Green will have to dethrone King James and the Heat
Tonight is opening night for the NBA and the Boston Celtics. Make sure to tune in a little late if watching the Lebron, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh raising a championship banner makes you want to throwup as it does for me. Although watching this ceremony will be unbearable, I hope the Celtics get a little extra motivation from watching a rival raise a banner. That goes double when it is this Heat team.
The defending champs will be just as tough to beat this season, especially when the Celtics are a little bit older. The 2012-2013 Celtics will be a deeper team with more quality options coming off the bench. The loss of Ray Allen will turn out to be more of an emotional loss than an actual on-court loss. Ray Allen is a turnstile on defense and is a one-trick pony on offense at this point, even if that one trick is still great. The additions of Jason Terry (left), Courtney Lee, and Leandro Barbosa will be important during the regular season where they will play quality minutes and key minutes in the playoffs will be up for grabs.
The Big Three of Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will still be a great triumvirate but two of the three will have their minutes managed if not reduced. Rondo will take even more of the burden, but he should enjoy running with the new guys.
Jeff Green's return will be an upgrade on the bench and occasionally as a starter as the season goes on. Green seems to have built a rapport with Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge, when both of them were supportive while dealing with the player's heart ailment. I think this will allow Green to feel more comfortable with the team. He definitely didn't seem to find a comfort zone with the C's when he was out there.
Brandon Bass will start for most of the season and provide the type of production that he did last season which was 12.5 points per game, over six rebounds and almost one block a game. Just a solid player. You can't ask for much more than that.
The rookies will have varying levels of impact this season. Jared Sullinger, the big man from Ohio State, should be the immediate impact with his wide body, ability to rebound and score down low. Sullinger fell to the Celtics because of his injury history wich could still be a factor, but has performed well in the preseason. Fab Melo, the other big man from Syracuse, will be more of a developmental player. He has not played much basketball but has the talent to be something if he has any work ethic, which has been questioned in college.
The other guys that will make an impact will be: Avery Bradley, who may start when he returns from his shoulder injury; Chris Wilcox, who will provide some bulk if he is healthy after his own heart-related issue; Darko Milicic, who could play some minutes at center and provide some offensive punch from a player that will be low in the rotation.
The rest of the roster: Kris Joseph, Jason Collins
The Celtics goal is to make the playoffs and get home-court advantage in the first series, so a top-four seed in the playoffs. Once the playoffs start, the kid gloves will come off from KG, The Truth, and Jason Terry. Will they have enough to get by the Heat? It could be closer than you think.
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Video courtesy of the Boston Celtics.
Take a deep breathe Celtic fans, and repeat after me: "it is only 1 of 82" and you will be okay. Remember there would have been a mini-coup in South Beach if LeBron and his special edition golden Nikes had lost on His championship night.
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