Celtics look to make noise in postseason
The Boston Celtics appear to be going through the same kind of routine that this veteran team do every year.
They start fast, fade and then make a sudden run to the playoffs, where they are as dangerous as any team in the league. Even though it seems to happen every season, it’s still somewhat unexpected when they pick themselves up.
Boston have a knack for coming up big when it counts
Their win against Miami on Monday (our time) was huge. They showed the world that they can beat the best in the East. Not just beat, but in this case completely maul.
Their definite advantage against Miami at the point guard position shone through with Rajon Rondo turning in a massive triple double, absolutely dominating Mario Chalmers.
Injuries like usual will play a key part in their playoff hopes.
Ray Allen is currently out with a bung ankle, which- as a shooter -he relies on his usually unfailing legs for lift and stability. The hope is that he will be able to return and still shoot and play at the amazing level that he had been.
Allen’s health will be a key factor, as will Kevin Garnett’s ability to continue playing at the centre. The Celtics have been a much better team after KG accepted Doc Rivers request to play as the man in the middle.
KG gives up little to most of the centres in the league and is able to general the Celtics still suffocating defence. Defence is something that has stayed consistent.
They currently have the 3rd best defence in the league and are still able to match it against the best offensive teams in the NBA, as shown by their win against Miami. This could very well be the last year that these three are together.
Free agency and Danny Ainge could tear the Big Three apart, as early as next season. But if there’s one thing these Celtics have, it’s pride and they will want to go out with a bang.
No team will want to play the Celtics, this team knows how to win in playoff time and always seem to have that extra gear to go to.
With the extra motivation of their limited time together, expect to see the Celtics when it comes to the business end of the season