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"One-injury-away-from-contention" applies to Celtics

 Two of the axioms associated with the NBA playoffs are:

Many teams are one injury away from serious post-season contention

Anything can happen once a team makes the playoffs


The current ESPN Injury report reads like a casualty list from an epic war battle. And for the teams hoping for a Title shot, we can start with the Boston Celtics. Jaylen Brown's ankle injury appears to be a minor setback but it reminds us that without both Jay Team members in good health, Celtics fans will have little hope for a long post-season run.

How about the strong-and-deep Brooklyn Nets. Kevin Durant is back, but newly-acquired Ben Simmons remains out with a back issue. And Kyrie Irving still can't play home games. 

The Warriors are not faring well without their vital cog, Draymond Green, having lost seven of their last 10 games. The Suns are without Chris Paul for an extended time, and COVID always lingers in the fog, forcing Devin Booker to sit out for a while

'The Clippers now have their two superstars out - with Paul George without a timetable to return and Kawhi Leonard likely out for the entire season. The Raptors? Fred VanVleet (knee) is out with no return-timetable. The Lakers and their terrific trio are a mess.

The point here is that depth remains an issue with the Celtics, and they will go nowhere without Jaylen Brown and ironman, Jayson Tatum in full health for most of the games in the post-season. Just as the Bucks need Giannis Antetokounmpo on the floor to repeat as NBA Champs, Brown needs to avoid setbacks for Boston to seriously contend for Banner 18.

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