Beat the Heat: 2012-2013 Celtics Preview

Posted October 5, 2012 by Jason Balla in Sports
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With preseason starting this Friday here is my take on the 2012-2013 outlook for the five time defending Atlantic Division Champions the Boston Celtics. We should see a better offense from the Celtics even with the departure of Ray Allen to the Miami Heat.  The signing of two off-wing guards in Jason Terry and Courtney Lee bring a new wrinkle to the Celtic offense adding speed and quickness without losing the shooting touch.  Terry is very much like Ray Allen, but at this moment in both of their careers we can expect more from Terry than Allen.  Many fans and individuals do not know that Courtney Lee was second in three-point percentage behind “Number 20 (Ray Allen)”.  Both are quicker and give extra effort on the defensive end.

“Number 20” will not be missed by his former teammates hence the nickname given to him by former teammate Rajon Rondo.  Also, it is rumored that former teammate and long time friend Kevin Garnett has lost Ray’s phone number.  This feud only adds fuel to fire to the hated Celtic-Heat rivalry.  This brings us the “New Big-Three” to the forefront, in team leaders Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett.  Expect no love in the opening ceremony of the NBA season on 10/30 when the Heat raises their championship banner as they host the C’s.

The key to the Celtic’s season will be the return of swing forward Jeff Green.  If Green can stay healthy his big payday of 4 years $36.2 million, signed this off-season, will be a huge investment for the Celtics.  Head Coach, Doc Rivers, has stated “Jeff will play the three in the power and the four in the up-tempo style offenses.”  Green is in top physical shape again and looks like he will return to his old form.

If the Celtics can continue their defensive efficiency, which ranked second last season, we can expect big things for 2012-2013.  I do expect the Celtic’s to make the playoffs for the sixth straight year under the Rondo-Pierce-Garnett “New Big Three” era.  I believe they will just edge out for the Atlantic Division, considering New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia all have made significant upgrades in the off-season.  If it all plays out properly we can see the 17-time World Champions make it to the finals for the third time in six seasons.  A huge road block still awaits the Celtics, the Miami Heat.

My Projections:

Atlantic Division Champions (52-30)

Eastern Conference number 2 seed

Eastern Conference finals verse the Miami Heat, Heat win series (4-2)

Jeff Green wins comeback player of the year.

Rajon Rondo is a dark horse for NBA MVP coming close to averaging a triple-double.


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