Celtics need to run, not walk

With the Celtics' plan to run more, Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker should get better shots.

Updated: October 10, 2003, 11:36 AM ET
By Joe Lago |
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 Boston Celtics.

Marcus Banks
The Celtics hope rookie Marcus Banks can give them a spark.
Best Case Scenario
The Celtics will secure home-court advantage for the first round in the East playoffs if the following three things happen.

1. The Celtics do what they say, and run. Playing up-tempo will get the Celtics better shot selection and hopefully move Antoine Walker closer to the hoop and away from the 3-point line. The ball will still be in the hands of Walker and Paul Pierce, even though the Celtics drafted Marcus Banks and brought in free agent Mike James to play the point. Banks and James are there to get Pierce and Walker as many easy buckets on the break as possible.