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For the second straight season, the Boston Celtics have offered no reason to believe they are fit for a run at a world title with their uninspired late-season play. And while even coach Doc Rivers has admitted that this year's team doesn't have the flip-the-switch potential of last year's squad that surged within six minutes of Banner 18, you simply can't write off the 2010-11 Celtics before the postseason even begins. Why should anyone be confident the Celtics can actually pull off a repeat of last season? Here's a handful of reasons: No back-to-backs, more practice time, more game-planning, and veteran experience.
Flip the switch? How about pull the switch? We're about to begin the 2011 playoffs and the Boston Celtics, once again, have cratered in the second half of the season to go from conference favorite to utterly unpredictable wild card. Last year, they rose up as one and smote the rest of the Eastern Conference infidels en route to the Finals. No one expected it then. How can anyone be expecting it now?