The Celtics have the talent to go all the way, but with the Big Three of Pierce, Garnett and Ray Allen all 32 or older, injuries might be just as tough to overcome as the Cavaliers or Magic. Pierce's knee infection was a freak occurrence, but Garnett's situation is going to be an issue all year long. If the Celtics lose this season to injuries like last season then the championship window starts to resemble a keyhole.
...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.