As part of ESPN.com's 5-on-5 previewing tonight's doubleheader, including Celtics vs. Thunder (ESPN, 7 p.m.), a panel of five writers tackled a question on whether the struggling C's should start the rebuilding process now. A glance at the responses:
Jovan Buha, ClipperBlog: Fiction. Despite their sub-.500 record, I still believe the Celtics will make the playoffs and be a tough out in the Eastern Conference semifinals. With the Big Three and Rondo in tow, Boston has a puncher's chance. They're breaking up after this season, regardless, so why not give them the opportunity to prove themselves one last time?
James Herbert, Hardwood Paroxysm: Fiction. It's easy to say that the Celtics should rebuild, but what big move should they make? Boston would be better off making smaller moves, like adding some scoring and rebounding to a roster that's still elite defensively.
Brendan Jackson, Celtics Hub: Faction. There hasn't been a season in the Big Three era that hasn't seen a midseason swoon. This year is different in that the light at the end of the tunnel gets dimmer and dimmer with each loss. Unfortunately, I doubt the Celtics can get the pieces necessary for a rebuild by breaking up the team.
John Krolik, Cavs: The Blog: Fiction. Remember in 2009, when the Celtics were supposed to be too old to compete with LeBron James or Dwight Howard's team, but ended up a quarter away from winning a championship? The defense is still there, Pierce, Allen and KG can all still shoot, and the Celtics still have a puncher's chance with their current core. They should take one more shot with this bunch.
Arash Markazi, ESPN LA: Fact. Unless Boston's goal is to simply make it out of the first round, the rebuilding process must begin now. Truth be told, it should have started last season, when Boston could have gotten more in return for their aging stars. But there's no time to look back now with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce clocking in at a combined 105 years old. It's time to gut this team before it's completely too late to get something in return.
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