The Boston Celtics are coming off a disappointing 7 game series loss to the Orlando Magic in the second round of the 09′ playoffs. All things consider, the Celtics should be pleased with their playoff run given they didn’t have team leader Kevin Garnett. After one of the most exciting playoffs series, first round or not, against the Chicago Bulls the Celtics didn’t have enough to put away the Orlando Magic. It was a shame the Celtics didn’t have the opportunity to defend their 08′ championship at full strength.
The Boston Celtics hope that everyone on the roster can stay healthy – especially for another championship run this season. The Boston Celtics finished the season with a 62-20 record despite Kevin Garnett missing 25 games – that shows how good the Celtics are. Rajon Rondo – while a contributor in the 08′ championship – turned his game up a notch and became one of the best point guards in the NBA. Originally the Boston Celtics had the “Big Three” with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen – points during the season last year it was the “Big Four” with Rondo included.
If Boston hopes to win their 2nd championship in 3 years they will have to defeat the Orlando Magi or Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs. There are new faces on both team, the Cavaliers acquiring Shaquille O’Neal and the Magic acquiring Vince Carter. The Celtics also have new personnel in F Rasheed Wallace.
Rasheed Wallace has a history of taking games off but Doc Rivers will have Wallace compete every game undoubtedly. Wallace seemed disinterested in playing for the Detroit Pistons and a change of scenery was necessary to keep Wallace motivated. Wallace won a championship in 04′ with the Detroit Pistons and is no stranger in playing in important games in the spring and summer time.