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Mannix on the Celtics

Chris Mannix of SI.com posted a blog entry today called, "Blueprint for beating the Celtics". Before I say anything I just want to point out that I'm excited that such a post even exists. Last year it would have been short: "Show up and play hard." So progress has been made. While I encourage you to read Mannix's post I just wanted to highlight a few things:

  • Mannix is right on when he wonders about Kendrick Perkins' foul prone ways and Scot Pollard's injury struggles. There will be some nights this season where the Celtics' front line looks incredibly thin.
  • I am intrigued by the Grizzlies' surplus at the point guard position as well. However, I doubt that Juan Carlos Navarro (Pau Gasol's buddy) and Mike Conley (4th pick in 2007) are available. I really like what I saw from Kyle Lowry last year but much like Rajon Rondo he is only in his second season and has a lot to learn. Also Lowry played very few games. So it comes down to Damon Stoudamire. And to be honest I've never watched him play and thought, "Man I wish the Celtics could get him." Of course I have no idea who the Celtics would trade in these hypothetical scenarios.
  • Finally Mannix wonders if Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will continue to get along,
    "While there is complete harmony in the Celtics' locker room today, it's not a stretch to speculate that problems could arise over the course of an 82-game season. If they do, team and league sources believe they will probably start with Pierce." - Chris Mannix
It is definitely something I have wondered as well. Personally I believe their varied skill sets, strong desire to win and personalities will help them rise above selfish play. Something to watch though.