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Boston Celtics and the 3 headed monster

by james on October 10th, 2007

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Kevin Garnett thinking this could be my year

Well, at least one prognosticator thinks the Boston Celtics have a great shot at the NBA Title. Kenny Smith of Yahoo Sports is picking the Celtics as the best team in the Eastern Conference.

Here is part of his list of the best of the Eastern Conference.

1. Boston Celtics with the 3 headed monster of KG, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce.

With three unselfish stars in Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett, the learning curve is shorter than most. They will dominate a conference with only three contenders (the others being Detroit and Miami).

Boston is lacking in supporting players. Unselfish or not, there is only 1 basketball for the 3 of them. That could spell problems.

2. Detroit Pistons with 4 great players and no center.

They are one of the few teams that can only beat themselves. That’s why they always believe it’s a fluke when they lose. Experience wins, and Detroit’s veterans can still get the job done.

No defensive presence in the paint proved to be their undoing in the playoffs. The mirror problem is no post presence either. Rasheed Wallace prefers the perimeter.

3. Miami Heat with the young super star and the aging Hall of Famer to be.

Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade tasted the sweet smell of success two years ago and have the tools to get back to the NBA finals. With Alonzo Mourning leaving after this season, an aging Shaq gets one last real chance at another title before he’s done.

Can Shaq do it again? What injury will he have to embellish to skip most of the regular season?

4. Cleveland Cavaliers with the King who would inherit the NBA.

LeBron James and the young Cavs shocked the world last season, but the surprise factor is over. They will have a big task learning to live up to expectations.

LeBron can be a one man team for so long. Where will he get the support he needs? And don’t even think about what happens if he gets hurt.

There you have it. Maybe the weakest the Eastern Conference has been in some time.

Don’t count out the Bull, Raptors, or Nets either.

Right now, though, it is the 3 headed monster led by Kevin Garnett!

NBA Basketball Fan Question Are you picking Boston or does that just seem too easy?

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2 opinions for Boston Celtics and the 3 headed monster

  • steve
    Oct 12, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    Honestly if you dont think the celtics are gonna dominate you are either lying to yourself or know NOTHING about basketball. I hate Boston but they would be an elite team out west up there among phx and utah and them, theyre gonna be a POWER in the east.

    You severely underrate their depth and their defense hasnt been mentioned much but is gonna be VERY good. Not to mention Rondo and Perkins that are legit 1 and 5’s and are much better than you make them out to be and a perfect fit in their lineup around the core 3 superstars. They got the defensive coach as their assistant that guy thibodeau that organized the old knicks defense and more recently the rockets defense of the past 3 seasons. Not only that but on their depth the great teams in this league are 8-10 men deep in their rotation, the Celtics HAVE that. They have proven veteran roleplayers like James Posey, Eddie House, Scalabrine, Tony Allen and Pollard, and also have very good young guys like Leon Powe, Rondo and Kendrick Perkins. People say injuries, that is a total copout and ridiculous absolutely ridiculous. Look at any team even the spurs would be killed by an injured star player when it comes to title hopes. The suns have been a 7 man rotation for 3 years and theyve been a powerhouse. The heat in the first year with shaq had MUCH WORSE DEPTH and had the equivalent to eddie house as their STARTING pointguard in Damon Jones, they had holes in 3/5th’s of their lineup and no good bench guys(unless you consider michael doleac and rasual butler good bench guys) and they won 59 games and were 1 win from the finals (and a wade injury away from winning the title in my opinon). The celtics are SET for a rotation which seemed impossible after the late garnett trade, but its the truth, they are loaded with one of the best starting 5s in the nba (and best trio)and do have depth for a very good rotation overall.

    Their GM did a very good job of filling out the roster with proven veteran roleplayers and some good young talent around the core 3 A+ all-nba guys in limited time for a great run with a possible title if things go right. But more importantly he made all the right moves and didnt make any panic/stupid moves which set himself up perfect to fill out the roster in his first full summer next offseason to LOAD UP for a SERIOIUS title run.

    I hate boston, but I am happy for Ray Allen and KG and even Pierce. And this team is the nearly sole reason that I have purchased league pass for the first time EVER in 31 years of diehard NBA fandom. Theyre gonna be a POWERHOUSE this year and a special team for the next 3 or 4 years and may win the whole damn thing not just the east.

  • james
    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    It looks good on paper, but just pointing out potential problems. Chemistry can be a funny thing.
    Actually it is surprising that Pierce has lasted this long at Boston. Maybe this is his reward.

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