Are the 2010 Celtics better than the 2008 championship team? They might be, despite the wear and tear on The Big Three (as undetectable as wear and tear may be on Ray Allen). These days, there’s as much reason to talk about the other Allen, forward Tony.
Rajon Rondo‘s certainly a lot better than the guy that Delonte West didn’t bother to guard in the 2008 Cavs-Celtics series. Rasheed Wallace is a better big man off the bench than P.J. Brown or Leon Powe. Of course. Glen “Big Baby” Davis is a wrecking ball off the bench, and a couple of years removed from 2008 when he looked raw and uncomfortable on the court, like he didn’t know the plays. Big Baby has improved each season since the title. Michael Finley? Nice guy to have around as a 9th man.
Factor in a finally healthy Tony Brown having a breakout playoff run, and the supporting cast in Boston circa 2010 is hands down better than the guys who helped the Big Three win it all in 2008. And they’ve all been tested by the rigors of a couple of injury plagued seasons.
Still, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce can be good for 47 combined points on any given night or day, as they were in Sunday in Orlando. When that happens the C’s are near impossible to beat, Game 1 and home court advantage to Boston, 92-88.
Somebody might want to wake Vince Carter up before the East Finals are over.
“I think it was a wake-up call that we really needed. Now it’s what are we going to do about it? How do we respond?” — Carter after Game 1.
Count me as one who never thought the Magic could win it all with VC at shooting guard. They won’t, not this year anyway.
Thanks go to the NBA blog Both Teams Played Hard for the photo.
And if you get a chance, do take a look at Dwyer’s Behind the Box Score entry on Celtics-Magic Game 1.