Boston Celtics: Winning Beyond Danny Ainge’s ‘Three-Year Window’

December 22nd, 2010 by Chuck Platt Leave a reply »
The Red Sox had given me Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. The Patriots had given me 18... and 1. This May, the Bruins added themselves to the short list of teams to blow 3-0 leads in a best-of-seven series.

The Celtics?

As a Gen-Y Celtic fan, I had not known true hardwood heartbreak until last June, when the C's found a way to blow a 13-point third quarter lead to the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. All while Kobe Bryant shot 6-for-24.

For my entire life the Celtics had been miserable. When they made the occasional playoff appearance in the early 2000's, I rooted while waiting for the other shoe to drop, and, also, with an awareness that the Eastern Conference was a total joke at that point in time.

With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007, the terrible Celtics of my youth became, virtually overnight, championship contenders. That dream was realized in June 2008, when Banner 17 was, so fittingly, won at the expense of the Lakers.

When Danny Ainge assembled Boston's new Big Three prior to the 2007-2008 season, he stressed that Garnett, Allen and Pierce held a three-year window. This trio of veterans ...

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