The most striking difference between this year's team and the one which came minutes from an NBA Championship last season was supposed to be the improved depth on this year's squad, but the extent to which that has been true has been debatable.
The Big Three — or Four — is still doing much of the work, both in terms of points and minutes, but there have been a couple of bright spots.
Glen Davis has picked up where he left off in last season's playoffs as an explosive scoring threat, and Big Baby may have even upped the ante. He is already scoring 14.3 points per game, good for third most on the team despite coming off the bench.
Marquis Daniels already looks improved from last season's form, and Nate Robinson has showed moments of brilliance as well. The Celtics will need such to continue given the void left by Tony Allen's and Eddie House's departures. The biggest void, however, was that left by Kendrick Perkins' injury, and if Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal have to miss significant minutes, replacing Perkins could become a very difficult proposition.