The Boston Celtics Must Face The Realities Of an Aging Roster

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NBA seasons come and go and father time catches up rather quickly on NBA players. 

The spring in the step is rather rusty and what once used to be an explosion to the hoop becomes merely a groan and a creak to the rim. 

The Boston Celtics in particular have embodied the evolution of what too many minutes can do to a player. 

Kevin Garnett is still a year away from having a chance at being healthy and Paul Pierce is finally wearing down after years of carrying the franchise. 

The only player that seems to be at least staving off any type of injury is Ray Allen. 

He has lost a step and can no longer be the focal point of the team’s offense without having it adversely affect the ball movement.

Rajon Rondo is the future of the Boston Celtics. When he pushes the ball, he can only hope that Pierce, Garnett, or Allen is somewhere in the vicinity.

The playoffs are a month a way and given the state of the Celtics, they would be hard-pressed to be more than a one and done team.

The Nate Robinson acquisition left everyone wondering why Danny Ainge did not make a major roster move.  

Doc Rivers has made a subtle change in his philosophy in order to make the transition  easier for Robinson.  He has incorporated a play from Robinsons’ former team, the New York Knicks, for the diminutive guard.

At first glance it may not seem like much, but Rivers has instructed Robinson to teach the play to the whole team.  This increases his comfort level with Robinson on the floor and it also gives the team a unique and different dynamic that only he can bring.

It also ensures that Rondo can get the added rest he needs for the stretch run. 

In the past, Rivers would force-feed players like Robinson with the established team protocols.

This would disrupt the offensive and defensive rotations because the player did not have enough time to absorb both philosophies—a subtle move that may prove to be beneficial in the long run.

The Boston Celtics won’t overpower you with speed and athleticism, and their roster does not reflect the youth that other NBA teams possess.  Instead, they hope to bring a balanced mixture of youth and grizzled veteran tenacity to the playoff party.

This balance has yet to materialize as the regular season comes to an end.

 

 

 

 

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