Originally written October 31, 2012 on Jb Smooth's Spot:
Injuries contributed to the demise of the Boston Celtics last year, making it to the Eastern Conference Finals was quite the accomplishment for a team that was hobbled by injuries and aging. The Celtics have reloaded letting Ray Allen leave for Miami but getting Jason Terry to fill his place. Along with signing Darko Milicic, Leandro Barbosa and Jeff Green they should have a solid bench who can carry the scoring load. Gone are the days of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett putting the team on their back offensively for long stretches of the season, the team will now have to rely on their role players for contributions. Though they’re not as loaded as years past, they’re still one of the most dangerous teams in the league. I expect them to be in the playoffs and have a shot at winning the Eastern Conference.
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