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Enes Kanter claims the ‘NBA should be scared’ of Celtics now


The NBA’s four-month hiatus has allowed plenty of teams to get back to full strength ahead of the restart in Orlando, including the Boston Celtics. Enes Kanter said teams should fear the C’s as they prepare for the resumption of play in just under two weeks (via John Karalis of MassLive.com):

“Quarantine time was important to just heal and get healthy,” he said. “But now, man, the NBA should be scared because everybody is healthy now, everybody is 100 percent now, and everybody is going at it.”

Despite Kanter’s statement, not everyone is in fact “100 percent” healthy for the Celtics.

Point guard Kemba Walker was held out of practice on Monday, and his left knee continues to give him some trouble.

However, the Celtics should indeed get a boost from a fully rested Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. Additionally, Robert Williams should bolster the team’s frontcourt depth after missing most of the year due to an assortment of injuries.

Boston already looked like one of the top challengers to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are one of the most well-rounded teams in the NBA, ranking fifth in offensive rating and sixth in defensive rating, per Basketball Reference.

Brown and Tatum have become bona fide stars in the backcourt, and Walker has played at an All-Star level when healthy.

In fact, Kanter and the rest of the Celtics frontcourt might be the most critical factor in the team’s success going forward. Kanter dominates the boards and is an efficient scorer, though he and Boston’s other bigs will need to be on point defensively.

The Celtics begin the restart with a marquee matchup against the Bucks on July 31.