Can they score enough points?
This may be the single biggest question for the Celtics. Start with the Knicks series. New York is third in the league in offensive rating and first in both 3-pointers made and attempted. The Knicks can score in bunches, which is something the Celtics have a very difficult time doing. The Celtics are 24th in the league in offensive rating and 25th in 3-pointers made. More importantly, they lack a go-to scorer outside of Pierce, and even Pierce can’t fill it up anymore like Carmelo Anthony does now.