|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 12, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
The Celtics still have two hall of fame guys leading the way in Rondo's absence. They've been there,and they have done that. But have they lead a team full of new players,and inexperienced players at their respected ages, and not in their prime form. Pierce, and KG are dealing with injuries, and maybe their hurt more then we know. KG is walking around in a boot, and Ainge says he's okay, but we never know. Ainge knows it, and I think we get it. The Celtics will need perfect basketball to compete, and they haven't shown much of that lately. Maybe they fooled with us all with their winning ways after Rondo.The Celtics need perfect play from Green,and others to win a series, and to win the East it will take a lot of everything to get past Miami.
"I think that there are teams that are ahead of us in the standings that we can beat. But, at the same time, I think whether we finish six, seven, or eight, in the playoffs, playing one of the top three seeds is going to be a big-time challenge, and whoever we play, we will have less room for error than they will. We will have to play our best basketball in order to win a first-round playoff series."
"Well just because I know what our guys are made of. I know how they've stepped up in the past. There's been years where -- what was it, 2010, when we finished the season 27-27 [over the] last 54 games? I was not real confident going in and I was in awe of watching our team play the best basketball they have played in this whole KG era in that stretch, against Cleveland who had the leading record in the league, and against Orlando, who had the second-best record in the East, and I was in awe of what they were able to step up and do. In order to do that, you've got to have guys playing on all cylinders and I think the good news is that our team is getting healthier. Unfortunately (Rajon) Rondo and (Leandro) Barbosa and (Jared Sullinger) aren't coming back, but I feel like KG is moving well and I think Paul is getting better and moving well. But I think that, by the time the playoffs roll around, I think we will be in good shape."
This team doesn't have the same makeup of the 2010 team, but I could be wrong. Rondo became a great player in 2010, and he set the tone in that run. He became a top five point guard, and he out played the best player on the planet. Jeff Green will need that type of play for the Celtics to make any noise in the playoffs. This team needs everything to go right for them to win. It's that simple.