This is especially important because A) the Celtics have already played so many games B) nobody ever exaggerates during the offseason and C) Rajon Rondo already won a title with the Boston Celtics, so if this is his most talented team there’s a 103 percent chance the Celtics will win a championship this year.
“This is the best we’ve had since I’ve been here, I think, as far as on paper, as far as the depth and talent,” Rondo said. “So we’ve got to make something of it.”
One aspect of Boston’s improved talent will be versatility. There was a lot written yesterday about small ball, but the Celtics also hope their new additions will allow for lineups that maintain quickness while adding serious bulk and size.
There will be more of a focus on mixing the lineups this season, however, because of the personnel.
“I don’t know if I’ll use more, but I know we’ll use it effectively,” Rivers said. “We’ll be able to go back and forth. We’ll be able to go big, too, with Jeff and Paul at the 2 and 3. We have a lot of lineups on paper that look good, and we’ll see how they look when the season starts.”
I’m in love with this team and it hasn’t played a second yet.