Bill Simmons: Celtics Won’t Be Able to Beat Lakers in NBA Finals

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Bill Simmons: Celtics Won't Be Able to Beat Lakers in NBA Finals With the effects of the Kendrick Perkins trade now fully in view, ESPN's Bill Simmons doesn't like what he sees from the Boston Celtics — especially after Shaquille O'Neal's latest injury.

If the Celtics can't put a healthy Shaq and a healthy Jermaine O'Neal on the floor, Simmons thinks a championship is too far out of reach.

"They can't win," Simmons said on The Dennis and Callahan Show on Monday. "Part of this Perkins trade was that you had to keep your fingers crossed that you were either going to get Shaq and Jermaine, or one of them, or pieces of both of them or whatever. If those guys aren't involved, I just … there's too many teams that have size that [the Celtics] are probably going to have to come across at some point. Especially, it just seems like the Lakers are going to be there now.

"[The Celtics] just aren't big enough to beat the Lakers."

Simmons also added that Perkins was likely the best player in the deal that sent Jeff Green to Boston, that trading away backup big man Semih Erden is an often-overlooked loss and that Troy Murphy "is just not good at basketball anymore."

He also reiterated that the Celtics, should they be so fortunate as to reach the Finals, just can't beat the Lakers.

"I just come from the school [that says] if you can win a title, then you do everything you can do to win that title. And the more that I look at this and think about this, I thought they were the favorites. … They shook it up, and now I don't know what they are. I think if they play the Lakers, they're gonna lose."

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