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That Boston Celtics’ Death Certificate: Don’t Sign It Yet

Published by on April 18, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Just about everybody from Beantown to LA seems to think Kevin Garnett's absence from the lineup presents a doomsday scenario for the Celtics in the playoffs; they may be right.  However, they probably are wrong. Allow me to explain.

A team's culture, rooted in its history, is a stubborn thing. And no NBA club illustrates this fact better than the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics' fundamental approach to the game has not changed very much through the years. The defense is still fearsome, just as it was in the day of Larry Bird—and Bill Russell before him. Only now it is Kevin Garnett who has been the most formidable defender on the court.

And Boston still features a deadly inside-outside game, just a...

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