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Former Magic Notice Changes in Celtics

Posted By Jessica Camerato On October 11, 2009 @ 5:01 pm In General | 19 Comments

The last time Rafer Alston [1], Tony Battie [2], and Courtney Lee [3] played against the Celtics [4], they sent the C’s packing for the summer. The trio were members of the Magic [5] team that eliminated the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. This year they are in a different uniform and noticed the Cs have a different look as well.

Alston, Battie and Lee were traded from the Magic to the Nets [6] over the summer as part of the Vince Carter [7] deal. On Sunday they got their first take at the Celtics with their new team during preseason action at the TD Garden (recap here [8]).

‘€œThey got a brand new season,’€ Battie said. ‘€œI mean, you look and [Kevin Garnett [9]] is back and Rasheed [Wallace] [10] is part of it. They got a great steal in getting Marquis Daniels [11], and you have those three additions coming back in the team. So, I think they’re the team to beat, definitely.’€

Last season a hobbled Celtics squad was outscored, outrebounded and burned from the 3-point line by the Magic. Without Garnett on the court and veterans Ray Allen [12] and Paul Pierce [13] overworked, the Celtics bench could not save the season. Now the additions of Wallace and Daniels give the team much-needed depth.

‘€œThey get their big guy back and then they add Rasheed Wallace [14] in there now,’€ Alston said. ‘€œI think when you’re trying to take away a lot of their main guys, they have a lot of guys that can step up and stretch the defense or post up on the low block. They have a different dynamic to their team, especially from a defensive aspect for other teams.’€

Both Alston and Lee agree the series would have been completely different if the Celtics had so many weapons last season.

‘€œThey would’ve been a better team,’€ Lee said. ‘€œThey definitely would’ve been harder for a matchup because you can play Marquis at the 1 and you sub in Rasheed, so they keep a shooting big in at all times, so they definitely would have been better.’€

Said Alston: ‘€œI don’t think we would have been able to roam a lot off of a lot of their guys ‘€” [Rajon] Rondo [15], [Kendrick] Perkins [16], Big Baby [Glen Davis [17]]. Those guys who really bring more scoring to the offense, especially from the bench standpoint.’€

The combination of a healthy Garnett and a revamped second unit has Alston noticing a difference in the 2009-10 Celtics. Although he isn’t as willing as Battie to name them the best in the Eastern Conference, he can’t deny the changes on the court.

‘€œWhenever they have all their guys, they have a swagger,’€ he said. ‘€œWhen someone goes down they don’t have swagger no more. That’s just how they are.’€


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[1] Rafer Alston: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3282&team=

[2] Tony Battie: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3176&team=

[3] Courtney Lee: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=4484&team=

[4] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[5] Magic: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=19&btnGo=Go&type=teamhome

[6] Nets: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=17&btnGo=Go&type=teamhome

[7] Vince Carter: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3248&team=

[8] recap here: http://weei.stats.com/nba/teamstats.asp?teamno=02&type=teamhome

[9] Kevin Garnett: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3007&team=

[10] Rasheed [Wallace]: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3006&team=

[11] Marquis Daniels: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3764&team=

[12] Ray Allen: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3080&team=

[13] Paul Pierce: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3253&team=

[14] Rasheed Wallace: http://media.weei.com/basketball/rasheed-wallace.htm

[15] [Rajon] Rondo: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=4149&team=

[16] [Kendrick] Perkins: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=3730&team=

[17] Glen Davis: http://weei.stats.com/nba/playerstats.asp?id=4313&team=

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