NBA Offseason Buzz: Boston Celtics
As perplexing Rondo continues to improve, how much does Pierce have left?
Last season, the Celtics officially replaced the Detroit Pistons as the East's answer to the San Antonio Spurs: The Celtics were a team greater than the sum of its parts, with execution and cohesion allowing them to soldier on with backups and limited players getting big minutes. Then this summer, they even messed with young point guard Rajon Rondo's head by dangling him in trade talks, the same way San Antonio was ready to ship off Tony Parker for Jason Kidd once upon a time. So can the C's replicate the Spurs in the every-other-year title rhythm as well? The No. 1 question, of course, is how much Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, both of whom will have more than 40,000 minutes on their legs by Christmas, have left. If new additions Marquis Daniels and Rasheed Wallace are luxury items off the bench to spell those two, the Celtics are formidable. If Daniels and Wallace have to be staples of the Green diet, well, look to the Spurs' leaning too heavily on newcomers for that answer, too.
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2009 NBA OFFSEASON BUZZ
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