Return of the Celtics

After a devastating loss against the Lakers in the 2010 championship, the Celtics were in quite the dilemma. Many Celtic fans thought this would be their last shot of winning because of their aging superstars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce as well as the possibility of Ray Allen not re-signing with the Celtics. As the new season neared, everything seemed to fall in place for the better. Ray Allen re-signed, Pierce and Garnett did not leave, and Doc Rivers, head coach of the Celtics stayed as well. Although the Celtics were able to maintain their all-stars and coach; the Celtics still needed to improve their team. So in order to take their team to the next level, especially because Rasheed Wallace was retiring and Perkins was hurt, the Celtics acquired Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal or as I like to call them, The Twin Towers. With depth from their two new big men, along with retaining their veteran all-stars, and with their rising all-star Rajan Rondo stepping up, the Celtics were looking like one of the most dominant team’s in the league. Early in the season, the Celtics looked like a championship contender when they took a huge win over Miami on opening day. The Celtics looked as good as ever especially with Rondo dishing out a total of 82 assists in the first five games of the season. Unfortunately though, the Celtics were plagued with injuries. Even with injuries from Rondo, Garnett, Shaq, Jermaine, West, and Perkins, the Celtics were still able to maintain dominance in the league. The Celtics currently have a record of 30-9 which is truly astounding, considering all the adversity they had to overcome. So far this season, Pierce and Allen have scored the bulk of the points and remain to be great contributors to the Celtics even at their old ages. Shaq has also stepped up quite a bit this season, when scoring 23 points and recording 5 blocks in his last contest. Pierce as well continues to play exceptionally well averaging nearly 20 points and hauling down over 5 rebounds per game. Bottom line- The Celtics have built a well balanced team and it should be very interesting to see how they do when all their players are healthy.

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