They said that the impossible grind of a compacted season would wear the older teams down and the Celtics were chief among them.
Surprisingly, that hasn't been the case.
Coming off a big win against the upstart Philadelphia 76ers and with a key matchup against the rival Miami Heat looming, the Celtics find themselves atop the Atlantic Division with 10 games remaining before another postseason run.
Thanks to the veteran leadership — along with a breakout year by Avery Bradley — the Celtics have proven that they aren't ready to walk off into the sunset just yet.
NESN.com's Celtics beat writer Ben Watanabe stopped by the podcast to chat with NESN Nation's Dan Duquette and to share his thoughts on the C's as they prepare for another playoff push.
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