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This Celtics team constructed for survival

 My followers are aware that one of my passions is the study, and practice, of survival skills. As a cop, I battled fists, clubs, knives, guns and personal attacks by (supposed) friends and foes alike. And cursed by horrible genetics, I still am into my eighth decade on planet earth.

Now to the 2023-24 Boston Celtics, who just eliminated a nemesis in the form of the Miami Heat. This Boston crew was assembled by the the newly-anointed NBA Exec-of-the-Year, Brad Stevens. The additions of Kristaps Porzingis, Jrue Holiday and Derrick White were masterful moves. 

With Porzingis out of action with a calf ailment, Al Horford stepped into the starting lineup and 12 Celtics players saw action in the victory. Injuries happen, but unless The Green see an injury plague descend, they should weather every storm in this post-season. They should survive, and Banner 18 is within their grasp.

It seems that Red Auerbach's team-construction talents were passed down to (first) Danny Ainge - and subsequently to Brad Stevens. As his stars retired in the 60's and 70's, Red simply brought in the likes of The Jones Boys, Hondo Havlicek, Dave Cowens, Larry Bird Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and Dennis Johnson.

By the 2007-08 season saw Danny Ainge had acquired Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, James Posey, P. J. Brown and Eddie House to join Paul Pierce. Red, Danny and Brad had (have) the ability to adapt to changes in the NBA game over time and react accordingly.  


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