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  • Although their teamwork, passing and experience makes them a team to reckon with, their trademark defense is still regarded as their team's identity
  • Jermaine O'Neal was once regarded as one of the best centers in the league
  • Both signings definitely addressed their need for a center and an inside presence, but what the Celtics needed was to add athleticism and youth to their roster

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      The 2010 Boston Celtics stand out as one of the most surprising teams at the end of the season. While they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, no one could have predicted that they would make it that far. Kevin Garnett’s return to their play-off lineup was a great help but the emergence of Rajon Rondo as superstar marked their 2010 title run. On their way to the Finals, they defeated the NBA’s top teams (including 2010 MVP Lebron James and his Cavs and Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard and his Magic), before falling 1 game short of the NBA Championship to the Lakers.

      Strengths

      These modern Celtics have always been known for their defense and intensity. Although their teamwork, passing and experience makes them a team to reckon with, their trademark defense is still regarded as their team’s identity. The same defense that won them their 2008 title was


      the same defense that got them back to the finals in 2010. Their starting point guard, Rondo, is also now regarded as one of the top PG’s in the league because of his performance in the past play-offs.

      Weaknesses

      As with great Celtic teams in the past, their greatest weakness is in their age. The aging Celtics were noticeably a step slower during the regular season (50-32) and were constantly dropping win-able games all year. Their “Big 3″ of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are 34, 35 and 33 years old, respectively. With the next year, they will a be a year older and a step slower. Their 2010 run was incredible to say the least, but with these aging superstars, people are starting to wonder if their window for title contention has already closed.

      Off Season Additions

      As if adding insult to injury, the Celtics lost their starting center, Kendrick Perkins, in Game 6 ...


      • of the NBA finals. Most Boston fans blame the loss of Perkins as the main reason why the Celtics lost to the Lakers in Game 7, but what really hurt was that the injury he sustained will keep him sidelined for at least the next 7 months, including the first 5 months of the 2011 season.

        With this development, the Celtics added a couple of O’Neal’s to their roster. Jermaine O’Neal was once regarded as one of the best centers in the league. During his peak years with the Indiana Pacers, he was considered an MVP candidate. JO has since made stops to Toronto and Miami, and despite being slowed down by age and a myriad of injuries, he has shown that he still can be a solid contributer in the paint.

        Shaquille O’Neal needs little or no introduction. Once the most dominant player in the NBA, at 38 years of age, he is

        now in the twilight of his career and is looking to add at least another NBA title to his name. Many criticized his signing with Boston as his way of getting back at Kobe and possibly threatening to contend with him in the finals but the old diesel may have one more good season left in his tank. A lot of people would have considered this a risky move considering the Celtics chemistry is shaky to begin with, but with only a league minimum contract, it was hard to say no to Shaq.

        Both signings definitely addressed their need for a center and an inside presence, but what the Celtics needed was to add athleticism and youth to their roster. Instead their added two over the hill stars that threaten to disrupt their locker-room harmony.

        Projected Starting Line-ups

        C: Jermaine O’Neal, PF: Kevin Garnett, SF: Paul Pierce, SG: Ray Allen, PG: Rajon Rondo

        Key Reserves

        Shaquille O’Neal, Glen Davis, Nate Robinson




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