Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm  |  48 responses

Paul Pierce: Celtics’ Championship Window Still Open

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

According to Paul Pierce, when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined him in Boston back in 2007, the three superstars set the lofty goal of winning 2-to-3 NBA championships together.

They’ve only managed to bring one title to the Celtics in 2008, lost a painful Game 7 in the 2010 NBA Finals, and are considered by many to now be over the hill.

Pierce isn’t trying to hear it from detractors — who look at the Celtics’ age, injury concerns, lack of depth, and the incredibly stiff competition around the League for the championship — and thinks his team is still capable of being the last one standing in June.

From the Boston Herald:

It’s an opportunity that presents itself for a fifth season beginning Sunday. It is a chance to meet a goal set back in 2007.

“We privately said that we thought we could win two or three championships with this group,” Pierce said. “That was our goal. We let one slip away, we felt like. But we definitely feel like the window is still open, especially this year.”

It could be that this is the final season for the trio of Pierce (34), Garnett (35) and Allen (36) in Boston. They’re getting up there in age, and even though neither one of them sounds ready to give up on the current Celtics nucleus, there are strong indications that the front-office is looking to start fresh sooner than later (perhaps turning over the reigns of the team to Rajon Rondo, assuming he’s not dealt away, of course.)

There’s no doubt Paul Pierce and co. know this is likely their final chance to claim one last NBA title together, even if they’re the only ones who truly believe it’s possible.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose


  • Heals

    I woulda gone with closed, but cracked, and maybe by some good (okay beyond great) fortune they can break the muthaucker open in June. When you’re ecstatic MPietrus got waived it’s not a good sign…

  • TP

    I believe this 100%. But they’ve got one year.

  • Red


  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    As much as I don’t like Pierce, he’s right. They still have one more year to get it done. Remember, Rondo got hurt something horrible in last years playoffs and they didn’t have Perkins. Don’t know who’ll they’ll get to be the big man in the middle, but Rondo being healthy can only help. But after this year it’s a wrap…

  • buzzkut

    “even if they’re the only ones who truly believe it’s possible.”

    What is up with this guy? Did anyone ask you for your personal opinion on the Celts or Bulls or any other team who you don’t happen to think will win the title? Just report the news. Sheesh.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com m cho

    The Celtics know how to win a championship and what it takes. That experience still gives them an edge that some younger contenders lack. They got the heart to be winners in June.

  • riggs

    is he lying? no he’s not. I dont see whats so unbelievable about them winning a championship.

  • lights out

    cosign buzzkut. and riggs.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    honestly i wouldnt put it pass them. the year they lost to the lakers in 7 no one thought they’d be there

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Even with a healthy Rondo, I still think the would have lost to MIA.
    Their window isn’t necessarily closed but the slightest gust will close that ish shut. Green is gone for the season, they are depending on 4 starters past the age of 33 to stay healthy in a compressed season and no one knows who well Rondo plays/reacts coming off an off-season where the celtics tried to trade him.

  • anthony y

    If rondo didn’t get hurt I liked our chances. That said, p double is right. This is the last run with our big three. Ray is going to be the odd man out as much as I hate saying it. Were guard heavy as usual, and he the oldest of the three. Be it retirement,which I think is most likely, or the c’s don’t resign him this is it..we have pieces to stay competitive,but that championship caliber squad we’ve had the past few years is going to see some tweaking.

  • jose

    i wonder if they’ll all retire at the same time. . .?

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    The windows open but its got bars acroos it.

  • EC

    he forgot to mention that the window he was referring to is to the retirement home

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    condensed season is going to kill them. no jeff green or perk is also going to kill them

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS


  • chad1594

    They have a shotthis year with the shortened season.

  • boboho

    hard because celtics old team.but who knows?

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Come on, guys.

  • MaxIsNative

    Yeah… In opposite land.

  • MikeC.

    @buzzkut – if all SLAM did was just “report the news” there would be nothing to discuss. It would just be a ticker with items like: “M. Pietrus released by Suns”, and “A. McDyess announces retirement”. There’s a difference between reporting the news and providing analysis of the news. Analysis is often biased based on the writer’s personal experiences and history. Without it, the world would be awfully boring. If I want a quick note with nothing but the most basic facts, I’ll check NBA.com. If I want interesting analysis, often followed by very colorful and differing opinions in the comment section, I check SLAM. Props to SLAM for providing analysis that provokes discussion.

  • flipnoyce

    Anything is possible. I still believe in the C’s big 3. The championship is up for grab. It maybe a compress season but all the teams have to go thru it not just C’s. The last time I check it’s Dallas that won n no one expected them to win.

  • Stevie Jenkins

    It’s possible, but someone needs to get Pierce’s big ass a wheelchair.

  • Yesse


  • bobbyD

    Slightly ajar at best.

  • EtheKnickFan

    Yeah Paul, it’s open. Now do me a favor and jump.

  • 12ising Phoenix

    So I work at sports authority, and the other day a customer asked me where do we keep the Boston Celtics gear. I politely told him , if you live in New York and your a Celtics fan please slit your wrists ^__^

  • ARL30

    They should have won 4, but: 2009- Garnett Injury; 2010- Perkins injury in Game 6; 2011- Perkins trade. Now, unfortunately, their window is closed, as there is no way they can beat Chicago or Miami in a series.

  • http://slamonline.com BossTerry

    Cosign MikeC @ 11:48.. Well said.

  • jsmallz

    People say stuff bout rondo not playing well because he was in trade talks?…he is no exception almost any player pulling his worth in the league will be put into one

  • Mischief

    A HEALTHY Celtics team can go deep in the playoffs and possibly to the Championship. We’ll see.

  • Max

    As the clock hits 12 tomorrow the NBA season officially begins. Let’s take a look at the Christmas day match-ups. The winners and the losers.

    To read more go to http://www.nbathroughmyveins.wordpress.com

  • boboho

    and pierce should stop flopping or you get “karma”,karma aint b”"ch.hes a damn actor in nba.lol

  • the preacher

    everybody’s giving these guys a chance now that we’ve got a shortened season, but truth is if anyones going to benefit from this jampacked skeds they got going it’l be the young teams. boston had its chance. they couldve gone 3 straight.

  • http://SLAMONLINE.COM LakeShow

    Can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Celts have a chance. They have about 100 more days where they can win an NBA championship. If KG is playing at a decent pace and Allen is nailing 3′s at a good rate and Pierce is still able to create 1 on 1 and the bench plays like a bench needs to they will win the chip. They are 1 of 5 teams that can win a chip. Celti

  • http://SLAMONLINE.COM LakeShow

    Celtics, Spurs, Lakers, Heat, Bulls.
    I don’t put OKC in here because they have not proved that they have what it takes to get to the finals yet. This could be the year that they prove it though.

  • mike

    Celtics have a shot. Short season less chance for injury. lets ride killa. Garnett needs to keep his swagg up to win the title.

  • jj

    Lol @ the idiot who said the Spurs had a chance & not OKC.

  • jake

    I hate the celtics, but i hate the heat even more… celtics lakers final?

  • Bt

    @lakeshow how have the bulls proved they have what it takes? Until rose learns to look to pass the ball first and only take over the scoring when his team needs it aka isiah Thomas they will never win a chip. No team has ever won a chip with a score first point guard as their top scoring option (zeke was pass first, he only took over when required)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    C’mon Lakesow the Spurs don’t have a chance. How do you leave out OKC and add the Spurs?

  • 23

    I believe spurs window closed last season after listing to the younger grizzlies. I think that series ws a big blow to duncan and manu. Duncan couldn’t get it done against the “not so athletic” zach randolph and gasol. Imagine duncan against the clippers or knicks or blazers or warriors where the big men actually have tons of athleticism…

  • http://www.facebook.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    Windows closing fast Trader Dannys gonna need to prop it open with a blockbuster trade even if that means breaking up the big 3

  • http://SLAMONLINE.COM LakeShow

    Purely based upon what has been proven. OKC hasn’t proved anything. This is the Spurs last year to win a ring with that core. Bulls have proved that they have the defense and they bolstered they’re offense with Rip. OKC hasn’t shown the commitment to the defensive end.

  • Jerome

    Swag has nothing to do with winning a championship in anything. Ask the Heatles … ask the Mavericks.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    Sure the door is open but the Heat is already on the otherside with the old Celtics left looking in from the outside.

  • BostonBaller

    The door is wide open and regardless of who may already be inside looking out at us we are poised to walk through that door come June. Remember that youngsters often close the door on their hands when they play around.