2011 NBA Preview: Is the Boston Celtics’ Reign Over?

August 26th, 2011 by Shady Botros Leave a reply »
On the day Celtics' GM Danny Ainge engineered the deal that brought the Celtics Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, many predicted another dynasty was looming for the NBA’s most storied franchise. Four years later, the Celtics have netted four playoff appearances, two NBA finals appearances and one title.

The Celtics have held a fairly comfortable stronghold among the Eastern Conference’s elite, perennially going on deep playoff runs and challenging for a championship, but an aging Big Three to go along with an uncertain future can only validate the fact that the Celtics’ best days are behind them.

Assembling a roster of three perennial all-stars in their primes was certainly no easy task for Ainge, but transitioning towards a prominent future will be much more of a challenge for the Celtics.

By the time the Celtics enter next season Paul Pierce will be 34, Kevin Garnett will be 35 and Ray Allen will be 36. The big three that was brought together four years ago is still productive, but past its prime.

Regardless of his age, Allen will be amongst the league’s top sharp shooters, shooting is not a quality that can dimin ...

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