The Boston Celtics have been one the most consistent NBA teams since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen transferred to Boston and formed the original “Big Three” in 2007 posting four 50-win seasons in a row. Since the trade, each year begins with high expectations and this year was no exception.
After losing last year’s championship to the Lakers, the Celtics added a pair of big-men, Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal, to compete with the dominant Laker towers: Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum. Between the O’Neal duo and Kendrick Perkins, the missing puzzle piece seemed to have been filled and a championship was within their grasp. Well both the ancient Shaq has only played in 37 games because of injuries and Jermaine has logged only 24 appearances due to a wrist injury. In addition, the team traded Perkins (and Nate Robinson) to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. This addition added some much needed youthful exuberance to an aging and experienced club. Needless to say, the Celtics always seem to find a way to win and get business done. They coasted to a 3-seed in the playoffs and rolled through the Knicks, sweeping the series 4-0.
A big test for this new-look Celtics team will be how they compete against the Heat.
Then if they can overcome that tall hurdle and find a way to beat the Bulls, the true test will be if they can find redemption in the finals. We can’t wait to see how this saga unfolds.