Originally Posted by EggsToTheBBQ
I thought about this a little more. Do you think the biggest difference between the Raptors
and Celtics is:
a) Sam Cassel's 5 minutes?
b) Paul Pierce's 35 minutes?
It's who's playing FULL TIME at 2 and 3 that's going to make or break this team.
Celtics got lucky, a lot, especially in the playoffs, to get those rings. On top of that, their big three STAYED HEALTHY - one of them missing a significant stretch of games, especially close to or during the playoffs would have meant an early exit. (Yes, even with shooting woes, Allen at least required a constant defensive coverage).
As far as specifics are concerned - they've had an excellent team-oriented defensive plan that they kept on executing throughout the entire season. Posey, KG, Pierce, Perkins, Rondo are all above-average defenders and their defensive coordinator (his name escapes me at the moment, but it was one of the assistants and not Rivers) did a hell of a job using their talents together. Offensively, having a premier perimeter player in Pierce and a premiere post player in Garnett didn't hurt either.