It’s on. The playoffs start for the Celtics Saturday at 3 p.m., and I’m joining Gary Washburn and Baxter Holmes on the beat for the remainder of the season. In addition to game and practice coverage, we’ll bring you the key stats, quotes, and analysis of the day, as well as the view from the other side. There will be a running live blog during games. We hope you’ll check back often.
It’s hard to think of a better first-round opponent than the Knicks. The teams play vastly different styles of basketball, and they don’t particularly like each other. There’s the whole Boston-New York thing, the KG-vs.-Carmelo thing, and the Paul Pierce-vs-newly signed Quentin Richardson thing.
To get your creative juices flowing, here are some of the things I’m watching for from the Celtics in this series. I’ll attempt to answer some of these questions in a feature on Boston.com tomorrow.
— Can the Celtics work KG back into the mix?
— Can Avery Bradley play lead guard?
— Can Shavlik Randolph be a playoff contributor?
— Can Paul Pierce do it on both ends?
— Can Brandon Bass be consistently visible?
— Can they score enough points?
— Can they flip the switch?
— How exactly will Rajon Rondo be missed?
— Will Jordan Crawford be an asset or a liability?
— Can the chips fall their way in the rest of the conference?
— Can Jeff Green be a consistent No. 1 or No. 2 scorer?
— Does rebounding matter?
— Can Doc Rivers steal a series?
What are your biggest questions surrounding the Celtics this series? Talk to you tomorrow.