1st Quarter Mark of Boston Celtics Season
Boston Celtics. The 2012-2013 version of the team is not the powerhouse of years past, but I started the season very confident. In the offseason, the Celtics lost Ray Allen. Obviously this upset me, and I named my fantasy team Judas Shuttlesworth for the year. However, we had a great draft including getting Jarred Sullinger late in the first round, which is pretty impressive since he had been projected as a lottery pick just a year ago, but slipped because of injury risks. Also, they added Jason Terry and Courtney Lee in the backfield, resigned Brandon Bass, and got Uncle Jeff back from his scary heart condition.
They did not start all that hot and are at approximately .500 winning percentage at the quarter mark of the season. Unimpressive defense, lack of big men, and falling apart when Kevin Garnett go to the bench are the main gripes I have been hearing. Rondo was suspended for getting in a pushing match with Kris Humphries and we are still awaiting the return of Avery Bradley. Pierce has been disappointing this year, but he is likely to improve as the season continues.
As the new guys get more comfortable, the defense has improved, and the offense has consistently been good, which is a welcome addition. In the past few years, we had struggled to create baskets, being forced to run Ray off a ton of screens. I am still cautiously optimistic about the year, but increased competition from the two teams in New York within our Atlantic division may challenge the Celtics winning their fifth straight division championship and being relegated to the wild card.