If healthy and playing well, I beieve this roster is good enough to contend for a title. Said that preseason. Had some doubts early season. Can believe it again after the last couple of weeks. The margin for error is pretty thin, but it is every year and for most teams.
We can say, "if Garnett" gets injured the Celtics are doomed. But the same is true for the Heat should they lose LeBron, isn't it? We can point to recent history for examples involving the Celtics and it has nothing to do with the Big 3 or the remaining two. Perkins knee injury in 2010, Rondo's elbow injury in 2011 and Bradley's shoulder injuries in 2012. Bad luck for the Celtics. If not for the injuries we might be talking about another Celtics dynastic run. Or not , for we will never know for sure.
It is also true that every team is always looking for one more piece to perfect their roster. The defending champs are searching high and low for an interior defender and rebounder. The Celtics are searching for the same type of player. Those wanting Martin, Wallace or Anderson should take note of this... despite multiple teams with need, those players remain unsigned. There's a reason for that.
The Celtics have looked good the last couple of weeks. Rotations look good. Cohesive play on both sides of the ball with versatility on offense. A sense of urgency in their play. The only things amiss are Wilcox's injury and Terry's slump. Neither has been debilitating to date. A healthy Wilcox being more important than Terry going forward there is reason for cautious optimism, imo.
Rajon Rondo, Phil Pressey
Jerryd Bayless, Chris Babb
Jeff Green, Chris Johnson
Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger
Kris Humphries, Kelly Olynyk, Joel Anthony
Colton Iverson (stashed overseas)