Boston Celtics: Are They Still Contenders with the Big Three?

November 19th, 2011 by Ben Shapiro Leave a reply »
The question has been asked since the day they became "The Big Three."

How long can this last? 

Since July 31, 2007—the day that the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and just over a month after the day that they acquired Ray Allen—there has been an understanding that it wouldn't last forever. "It" was of course the span of time that the "Big Three" of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce could play as a unit, remain healthy and compete at the highest level in the NBA.  

Is that time approaching? Is it here already?

Allen is 36, Garnett is 35 and Pierce is 34. No one is crippled or unable to play basketball but there's no question that both Allen and Garnett have in all likelihood already played the best basketball of their careers. 

Paul Pierce is still an elite player but for how much longer? 

If this feels familiar to Celtics fans, it's likely because this has happened before. It was about 20 years ago that the last "Big Three" in Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale began to really slow down. In 1986 they won the NBA Finals, in 1987 they lost in six games to the Los Ang ...

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