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Rondo thinks this year’s Celtics are “our best shot”

Oct 9, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

Rajon Rondo AP

Optimism is running very high in Boston.

Last season the Celtics made a run all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, then this summer the Celtics added Jason Terry and Jeff Green — they got deeper and better. So expectations are high.

And Rajon Rondo is talking them up. Here is what he told the Boston Herald.

“I think it’s our best shot,” Rondo said. “Not to discredit the 2008 (championship) team that we had, but if this team buys into the system and listens to (coach) Doc (Rivers), the sky is the limit. The championship could be ours. Not a lot of teams can say they can compete for a championship each year, and definitely this year with the talent we have, that’s our one goal.”

We’ll see. The 2008 team already climbed that mountain so it’s a tough comparison. For any team to win a championship there needs to be a little luck involved, such as players staying healthy. Boston will need a big season out of rookie Jared Sullinger to help give Kevin Garnett’s legs some rest. Boston needs KG and Paul Pierce to play at a high level and be rested for the playoffs.

Then, of course, is that little problem of Miami in the East (and the Thunder and Lakers if they get to the finals). But lets get to the playoffs as contenders before we deal with that step.

  1. moseskkim - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Boston is not winning it for sure. They don’t have enough size so they go small. But they arent fast/talented enough like a Miami to get away with it. Bass is 6’6 pf. Jeff green cant shoot/rebound. Garnett is playing great but is getting really old. Darko is.. Darko. They have great guard talent but unless sullinger/melo/darko play like glen Davis/leon powe/Perkins.. It can’t work. They’ll be fun to watch but ain’t winning this year.

    • hehateme2 - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      They will crumbles down the stretch as usge. This guy talks better than he plays.

      • andyhr17 - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        By “as usual” you mean by making the Finals or Conference Finals? If only most teams could crumble down the stretch like that.

      • zerole00 - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM

        Crumble? Didn’t Rondo drop 40+ in one of the playoff games against Miami?

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      You make a good point. They are going small like Miami but without all the blue chip talent and athleticism. You never know though; I like to think sports are unpredictable so I’m not writing a team like this off completely.

  2. lakerluver - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    The 08 Celtics were better than this team. But this team can beat the Heat.

    • donivantrip - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Your such a moron, by far the worst and least educated user here. No surprise you’re a lakers fan.

      • phaden27 - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        As in you’re no Twain either Doni.
        As a Celtic fan he can say whatever he wants; doesn’t mean I’ll believe it or that it’s true, but at least I can use the down-vote option instead of personally attacking him.
        Basically, grow up.

  3. rodge1 - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I agree with lakermoron. This team can beat the ’08 Heat… And the Lakers won’t get past OKC.

  4. passerby23 - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I think this team has more talent overall than the ’08 team, but you had Pierce and Garnett four years younger then and a little more size than they do now. Rondo is a much better player today than 4 years ago. So which team is actually better? I think it remains to be seen.

  5. misterdreamer119 - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Mark it down. Celtics will be in the ring mix and prevail!

  6. chicagofan - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    If Courtney Lee emerges as a star, which I expect with Rondo pushing the ball for easy fast break points and Lee’s 49% 3 point shooting from the corners, the Celtics can upset the mighty Heat. If they can beat the Heat they can beat any of the Western Conference teams including Lakers and OKC.

  7. paulhargis53 - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    1st off, Bass is 6-8.
    Garnett 6-11
    Bass 6-8
    Sullinger 6-9
    Green 6-9
    Wilcox 6-10
    Darko 7-0
    Melo 7-0
    Not real sure where you get that they have no bigs? That they have to play small ball.
    This roster has players that run also.
    Put out Garnett, Rondo, Lee, Green and Wilcox.
    This team can adapt to any style. They are so deep.
    Rondo is right, if everyone buys into their roles, this team is scary. I hope teams sleep on them, they are going to be,a very tough out.

  8. lakerluver - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    LAKERS v. Celtics in the 2012-13 Finals. LAKERS win title, 4-2. BELIEVE IT!!!

  9. papichulo55 - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Rondo, I’m with you IF you can steal Cousins from Sacramento.

  10. misterdreamer119 - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Who is athletic on Miami? James and Wade, maybe chalmers? Miller, allen, batier, and the centers are all old.

    Bostons bench way more athletic.

  11. therealhtj - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Only way they win it all is with an even greater rash of injuries to their opposition than last year.

  12. 3rdeyeblack - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    I like this Celtic team. It’s hard to make a comparison in relation to the competition when this year’s competition is very different than ’08s. That being said I agree with Rondo, Boston has the team to beat Miami, I mean The Green took them to a game 7 with the old team and gave away a couple games due to age and fatigue, so yeah, I see it being Boston and either OKC or Lakers.

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