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Boston Celtics: Contenders?

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The Celtics have been up-and-down through the first three weeks of the season, but you still know they’re going to be right there in the thick of the playoff race come season’s end.

Boston has had to contend with a brutal opening schedule so far. They just finished a crazy stretch in which they played seven games in ten days, and that included road matchups against Milwaukee, Chicago, Brooklyn and Detroit.

The Celtics will be more than pleased to return home, and have a few days of rest, before hosting the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Their two games during the week, against the Spurs and then the Oklahoma City Thunder, are about as tough as it gets though.

Still, Boston is a veteran-laded team and they know what it takes to reach the postseason.

Paul Pierce has cooled off a little bit, but still leads the team with 19.3 points per game. Kevin Garnett meanwhile is putting up 15.1 PPG and 7.4 RPG in only 28.1 minutes a contest.

But, the star of the Celtics has been Rajon Rondo, and it isn’t even really close. Rondo is not only averaging 13.2 points, but is dishing out an absurd 13.1 assists per game. He’s also approaching two steals a game in a team-high 38.1 minutes per.

If Boston can continue to get solid contributions from the likes of Brandon Bass, Jason Terry, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee, they’ll be just fine. The Celtics can’t only rely on their Big Three to do all of the heavy lifting each and every game.

Boston’s still in a good spot though. The Celtics are still adjusting to some new pieces, and it won’t be long before they’re profitable with our NBA picks once again. Never sleep on an experienced bunch like Doc Rivers’ crew.

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