The Celtics finally got back to playing basketball.
The Celtics are a brick wall on defense. Year in, year out they are ranked at the top of the league in any defensive metric. They stifle their opponents with great rotations, communication, and killer execution. Then they get the ball and walk... slowly.... up the court. You almost get a sense that they'd rather still be playing defense.
Doc has put on a premium on running the ball and scoring in transition this season and it sounds like today's workout at Waltham utilized the team's versatility that we've been excited about all summer:
That's a lot of turnover for a team that has championship hopes. So you can understand why Doc Rivers is preaching patience. Even though this team is deeper and more talented than they were at the end of last year, they still have to figure out their rotations and roles to be successful.
Go right down the roster: Playing alongside or backing up Rondo is a list of 5 combo guards, 3 or 4 of whom could be starting on most teams. Pierce finally has a reliable backup 3 in Green, who is good enough that Doc will need to find ways to use him as a 4 as well. Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett return as the frontcourt starters for now. But backing them up are Jared Sullinger, Chris Wilcox, and Darko Milicic (a first round steal and two potential bargains at the vet min. each). You can also toss in Jason Collins when you need 6 fouls and a big defensive body.