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If you’re in Boston, you can buy into Jeff Green, who’s been one of the Celtics’ best — maybe the best — players in camp, showing no ill effects from his heart surgery last year. Green struggled to pick up the Celtics’ defense when he first came over from Oklahoma City in 2010, but he’s dramatically improved so far. He, along with Rajon Rondo, is playing with “great pace, force and focus,” according to an approving Beantownian.
There is a rumbling around the league, from people I respect, that the Celtics could be really, really good this season.
The Celtics are going to be really, really good? Well, you don’t say. Maybe the national media will take a break from drooling over the Heat and Lakers, and give the Celtics some respect.
I should note that despite the commentary, Aldridge has the Celtics 6th (behind MIA, OKC, LAL, SA and IND) in his top teams rank.
If you subscribe to ESPN The Magazine (I get it because it comes free with ESPN Insider), just throw away the NBA preview. You won’t want to waste a second reading how the Heat, Hawks and Knicks are picked ahead of Boston in the East.
The Celtics are one confident bunch. Here’s what Courtney Lee had to say about everyone but Miami:
Starting guard Courtney Lee, a former Net, essentially scoffed at the Atlantic Division this week when he told reporters, “We just feel like all the other teams (besides the Heat) are going to be just opponents – we’re going to beat and handle them.”
A tad brash, but I like it.
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