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Could the Celtics have Chemistry Problems in the 2012-2013 season?

I know many of you would probably look at me and say, "How could there be chemistry problems? When Doc Rivers, first got the Big Three of Pierce, Allen, and Garnett, he made it clear that it was Paul's team, and the other 2 will just have to deal with the fact that they will no longer be taking 20 shots a game." The players bought into it, and sure enough they won the championship in their very first year together, with all of three of them giving up 5-8 shot attempts per game.

But now it's a slightly different ball game because Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge are both thinking "Championship or Bust" and if the Celtics are going to make another deep postseason run, then Rajon Rondo will have to lead the attack. Paul Pierce has an ego, there's no doubt about that, saying that he was the best player in the world after the championship in 2008. Pierce has also been with the Celtics his entire career, so I can imagine there has to be a little bit of jealousy in that he's been the captain throughout his career in Boston and is now going to have to relinquish his spot to a great point guard with a hot (and sometimes immature) attitude.

With Jeff Green coming back after missing out on the 2011-2012 season, expect for Pierce's minutes to be cut back. It's a great thing to give Pierce longer time resting on the bench but with Green coming back he has to rediscover his role in the Celtic system. This also goes for Chris Wilcox who only played 28 games with the Celtics, and it also goes for Avery Bradley who may miss the start of the season. Then, there's the issue of Courtney Lee, who has spent his last 2 years as a bench player for the Houston Rockets. Lee has averaged only 26 minutes of playing time with the Rockets, versus Ray Allen's 35 minutes as a Celtic starter. With the added depth of the Celtic bench I don't expect Lee to be playing 35 minutes a game, because Terry averaged 32 minutes off the bench with Dallas, but I still have my concerns.

In addition to the newcomers in Lee, and Terry, you have the rookies to worry about, especially Jared Sulinger who may be the only rookie on that team who won't only hit the court to put in "garbage time". He'll most likely be put at the PF spot but he's slightly undersized for that position, and I'm concerned with his ability to run with Rondo. In the summer league, it wasn't as fast paced, and so once he plays on the NBA level, it may be a struggle for him to adapt.

Another problem I might have is the Rondo-Terry/Lee back court combination. Ray Allen is probably the best shooter coming off screens in the history of the NBA. This is an area where Terry and Lee may struggle in. They don't necessarily have to run through a maze of picks to get an open shot, but the screen shot from Allen gave opposing teams nightmares. Terry and Lee (especially Lee), are spot-up shooters but they need space to be able to sink the shot, Allen didn't need much room, which is why a little screen would be all he needed to get a quick, efficient shot off.

I'm not sure training camp, or even preseason will be enough to get the whole team on the same page, especially if Bradley may not be ready for either one.

Am I overreacting? Am I not giving Doc Rivers enough credit? What do you guys think?



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