Tony Massarotti of The Boston Globe and 98.5 The Sports Hub agrees, though he said that the toughest opponent the C’s will face this year won’t be any team on the court.
“The big things for the Celtics: age and health,” Massarotti said on NESN’s SportsDesk. “If they can avoid the effects of time and keep some of those guys healthy by cutting their minutes, they’ll have as good a chance of winning a championship as anybody come spring.”
If that scenario can play out — which it has through five games — then Massarotti believes this year’s Celtics team could make history.
“I thought when [Rasheed Wallace said they could win 72 games], it was kind of outrageous. After four games, I’m leaving open the possibility that he could be right,” Massarotti said with a laugh.
“It’s early, but clearly they are very, very deep,” he said. “Add [Glen Davis] into the mix and their bench gets even a little bit deeper. [Even without Davis], their second unit right now is better than the starting five of a lot of teams.”
Massarotti has also been impressed with the play of newly extended point guard Rajon Rondo, pointing to Friday’s game against the Bulls, when Rondo notched 16 assists and attempted just two shots.
“To me, that’s a good thing,” Massarotti said. “[The roster features] one good shooter or scorer after the next. To me, Rondo is doing exactly what he should be right now, which is distributing the ball.”
Cole Wright‘s entire interview with Tony Maz can be seen below: