Celtics at a glance
Danny Ainge dismantled the Celtics, and now it's up to Doc Rivers to put them back together. Doc wants this team to get out and run, and they have the horses to do it.
Paul Pierce remains the go-to guy. A healthy Raef LaFrentz could be a dominant frontcourt force. But The Glove is the glue. If he's disgruntled, the Celtics will disintegrate. If Payton buys in, he and Pierce could lift the Celts to the playoffs.
|The starters: They will run, but they canŐt hide the fact The Glove is worn out.|
|PF||Raef LaFrentz||Biggest question mark on this team: his right knee||6|
|SF||Paul Pierce||Shot 631 FTs, second only to Shaq. Still needs more help||7|
|C||Mark Blount||Career year in points, assists, rebounds, blocks, FG% ...||7|
|SG||Ricky Davis||He likes to shoot. He really likes to shoot ... a lot of bad shots||6|
|PG||Gary Payton||14.6 ppg, 5.5 apg lowest in 11 years. Blame old age?||6|
|BENCH||Jiri Welsch supplies points. Walter McCarty brings energy. Marcus Banks provides rest for Payton's 36-year-old legs. And Kendrick Perkins? Too soon to tell.||5|