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Paul Pierce realizes that the status quo may not be good enough for Boston

Jul 16, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for pierce_blocked.jpgThe Boston Celtics are getting the band back together. The band that made it all the way to Game 7 of the NBA finals. Good band.

Next year, the band may not be good enough — there is an arms race in the East. And Paul Pierce knows it (as reported at ESPNBoston).

“I thought it was a great move picking up Jermaine [O'Neal], giving us an inside presence in case Rasheed [Wallace] retires, but sometimes I’m looking at all the players signing and wish we would get on the ball a little bit,” Pierce said. “I trust in Danny [Ainge] to put a good team around us, but I’m sitting here watching all these good players fall to other teams.”

Tony Allen is gone, and Boston is going to miss him. They needed his defense and athleticism off the bench. How much was he on Kobe at the end of last year? Pierce realizes it.

“We got a lot [to add] right now,” said Pierce. “We lost TA, we don’t have Nate [Robinson], we might not have Rasheed. We gotta add a bench. We got our work cut out. We need perimeter defense and we need to add a backup point guard to help out [Rajon] Rondo, if Nate doesn’t come back. And we need another big.”

They did get Nate Robinson as the backup for Rondo, but the point remains valid:

Boston is pretty much the same team it was last year, one year older. Is that good enough now?

  1. JoeSixPack - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    In the regular season, thanks to injuries and in certain cases, a lack of focus *cough* Rasheed *cough* the Celtics were a mediocre team.
    By getting healthy heading and more firmly buying in to team defense as of the playoffs they were able to demonstrate that being a low seed isn’t a insurmountable barrier. They played with heart and determination but their health was ultimately the key, just as it is with nearly every other team.
    There’s lots of organizations with better teams on paper – the next championship however will be won with heart, health and determination.
    Who knows if the Three Egomaniacs in South Beach will even be healthy come the playoffs?

  2. Bamadude - Jul 17, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    The 3 musketeers of the Celtics team are old and need replacement parts. The team needs young blood with fire in their eyes like Perkins. And Pierce is right on their desperate need for another big center, their Achilles heel in the last finals. There is truth to the adage that even though the spirit may be willing but the flesh is weak. It is time to accept that knees and elbows grow brittle and feeble because of age. And they are evidently clear with the 3 Celtics stars.

  3. JoeSixPat=ck - Jul 17, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Of course, it does take a bit of the wind out of the sails of Pierce’s point when in fact the Celts DID sign Nate Robinson…
    Backup point guard had long been an achilles heel and Pierce was correctly pointing out that retaining Robinson should be a major priority.
    As we all know backup Center is a big body who can bang around, bang up other players, pick up his fouls, grab a few rebounds and sit down. That’s not quite as rare as a quality backup point guard.
    I’m sure Kurt Helin is wishing he’d posted this BEFORE the Celts re-signed Robinson, but hey – no need to let that minor fact alter what would otherwise have been a good story.

  4. Rob - Jul 18, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    With the cap issues they had, who else could they have really gotten?

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