Originally written October 15, 2012 on Celtics Life:
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To paraphrase Allen Iverson “Preseason... we talkin bout preseason... not a real game but preseason.” That is what we are relegated to; fawning about the preseason because of last year's shortened season and even shorter preseason.  It affected the Celtics the most, leaving them running on fumes and little to no help from their bench.  A bench who found itself persona non grata the deeper Boston got into the playoffs. Doc was saddled with rookies who didn't have a clue in the beginning of the season and showed regression toward the end.  Therefore, it was imperative that Danny Ainge brought in players who understood the game below the rim and not just play above it.This is the only time of the year you will see the veterans not really care about minutes or being on the floor. It is a time for fringe players to make a case for mop up duty.  To cheer their fellow Celtics on to victory.  The Celtics face an onslaught of games beginning with a back-to-back tonight in Philadelphi...
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