Commentary

Flaws cast some doubt on C's repeat

Boston roster not as solid as last year's NBA champs.

Originally Published: February 18, 2009
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.

The defending champion Boston Celtics emerge from the All-Star break with a league-leading 44-11 record, and resume their Western swing on Thursday night in Utah. However, the Celtics are a differently constructed team than the one that won the NBA Championship last June.

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Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty ImagesA lack of front court depth could hurt if Kevin Garnett finds foul trouble.

The Celtics have chosen to go with Tony Allen at small forward, Leon Powe and Glenn Davis as the backup forwards and without a true backup point guard. They are also without veterans James Posey, PJ Brown and Sam Cassell from last year's roster. That may all change by Thursday's trade deadline, but even so, the Celtics appear to be a more vulnerable team this postseason.

John Carroll

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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.