Your Pregame Moment of Zen
The Celtic Outlook
Fresh off the Lakers, the Hornets get the Celtics. They also get the Wizards on the New Year's back-to-back tomorrow. Yay.
Boston has had a very good November/December to begin the season. Rajon Rondo played the best ball of his career when he was healthy (and may or may not return tonight), Ray Allen's shot has recovered a bit after a down year in 2009-2010, Paul Pierce's efficiencies are trending upward for a second straight year, Kevin Garnett has had a revival on both ends of the floor, and Shaquille O'Neal has produced in a way few envisioned.
This is a deep team with championship experience that will be there till the very end against the Heat and Magic.
- The Celtic defense has held steady with the departure of Tom Thibodeau. Both Chicago and Boston now possess top 5 defenses, and Thibodeau should certainly be credited as the architect of both.
- In some ways, the Celtics are the inverse of the Lakers. L.A. came in with one of the league's top two offenses but a barely borderline top-10 defense. Boston comes in with a top two defense but a barely borderline top-10 offense.
- Defensively, this is as complete a team as we've seen in years. They're #2 in shooting defense, #3 in forcing turnovers, and #3 in defensive rebounding.
- Happy 2011 (soon).
- Go Hornets.