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When 100 percent healthy this team is scary

By Ryan Hannable

The Boston Celtics have a 31-9 record going into tomorrow nights matchup at home vs. the Pistons. 31-9 is a pretty solid record, but it could be even better if the team had every player available in every game. This team is scary good with it's full complement of players.

In only two of their losses did they have their full complement of players dressing and playing. The first was the second game of the season, in the second of a back to back when they traveled to Cleveland. They were coming off of an emotional win at home in Lebron's first game with the Heat. The second was a Nov. 19 game at home vs. the Thunder. The Celtics fell 89-84.

The Celtics lost four games when Kevin Garnett was out with his muscle strain. When the team fell to the Magic on Christmas they were without Rajon Rondo. They were also without Rondo in a one point loss to Toronto on Nov. 21. Shaq sat out in the Nov. 8 two point loss at Dallas.

Clearly, health is the most important thing with the 2010-2011 Celtics. It is pretty difficult to find a team that can beat the Celtics in a playoff series if the team is fully healthy. This is something that Doc Rivers will need to monitor like he has in the past. His main goal in the final month or two in the season is not to win games, but to get his team ready for the playoffs and this means getting everyone healthy. He has done it in the past, and there is no reason why he can't do it again.

Oh yeah, did I mention that Kendrick Perkins will be coming back in a few weeks, and the starting five of Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Garnett and Perkins has yet to lose a playoff series. Quoting "El Pres" from Barstool Sports, "Cue the duck boats".

Check back next week for my weekly column on the Celtics. Feel free to email me at ryanhannable@yahoo.com with any comments or questions. Follow me on twitter at Hannable84.


  1. It is reasonable to loose some regular season games when you are relying on older players to win a championship. I would prefer a younger team but what we have going is far to good to break up just to try and avoid the health issues.

  2. Veterans are what you need in the playoffs, guys that know what it takes.