Closing The Gap With The Heat

June 5, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) is pressured by Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the second half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Can the Celtics beat the Heat? Sure. Can they do it without getting better on the boards? You know where I stand. Here's what a Basketball Prospectus guy says.

Insider: Can C's dethrone the Heat? - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

So the Celtics look like a much deeper team this season and they're younger, too. Boston projected to have an average age (weighted by projected minutes) under 30 for the first time since the 2008-09 season. They should be a bit more athletic and projected to be the top defensive team in the league. The key to closing the gap with Miami in a possible head-to-head meeting will be for Boston to keep the scoreboard turning on a consistent basis. While the Celtics project a little better on the offense, they still won't be an elite team on that end of the floor, or even average. Boston does not emphasize offensive rebounding in the least, which is one of the items holding back its offensive efficiency.

Yeah, getting younger helps a lot, but maybe rebounding would help a bit too.

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