Nine reasons the Celtics can contend
6. They've got pride
Riffing on another intangible, on the surface there's a lot to dislike about the Celtics. Rondo is stubborn. Pierce wants the last shot whether it's for the best or not. Garnett can be intense to a fault, and Allen always wants to get his shots. But the Celtics' quirks all come from a good place. Each and every player on the team wants to win, and when push comes to shove, they help each other on the court. Are they stubborn? Can they be ornery? Hell, yeah. But they've been there before. The Celtics have players who know what works, and in the playoffs that can't be a bad thing.