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2010-2011 Boston Celtics Preview

2009-10 Record: 50-32; 4th in Eastern Conference; lost in NBA Finals, 4-3, to L.A. Lakers

Head Coach: Doc Rivers, 7th season

Key Additions: C Shaquille O’Neal, C Jermaine O’Neal, G Delonte West

Key Losses: G Tony Allen, F Rasheed Wallace

First Round Draft Pick: G Avery Bradley

Second Round Draft Pick: PF Luke Harangody

The Celtics have opted to make one more run at the title in retaining Doc Rivers and re-signing Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.  Additionally, in 2010, the city of Boston will witness the second coming of “The Green Monster” in Mr. Shaquille O’Neal himself.  The fact remains, though, that the “Big Three” (Giant Four?) aren’t getting any younger and won’t be able to surprise anyone after last season’s improbable run to the NBA Finals.  A fall from grace is imminent, but youngsters Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson, and Avery Bradley should be able to help this team climb back up before hitting rock bottom.


Indeed, the Celtics look like a creaky team heading into training camp. Shaq is slow, Garnett was hobbled by injuries, and Boston needed to be very delicate in handling its veteran starters over the course of the regular season. The Celtics lost to the likes of the New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards at home during the regular season. Rivers kept his team fresh for the postseason, but there was hardly a sense of certitude permeating the Boston locker room until the team managed to thump Cleveland in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semis. In 2011, the Celtics’ need to save themselves for the playoffs will almost certainly mean that another third- or fourth-place finish is likely. The lack of home-court advantage will limit their odds of repeating as Eastern Conference champions.

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By Matthew Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer

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