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Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  8 responses

Boston Celtics’ Big 3 Enjoying Possible Last Run Together


There’s no guarantee that Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen will all play on the same team again beyond this season, and the three of them are committed to making the best of what could be their last run together. From the Boston Herald: “Paul Pierce, who has made no secret of his desire to retire as a Celtic, alluded to the issue following the Game 3 win over Philadelphia Wednesday night. This could be it. He also wondered aloud about the end roughly a week ago. Garnett has been more subtle, with his contract, like that of Ray Allen, due to expire on July 1. He tends to drop hints. Allen may be the most fatalistic of the three. After having his name dangled as trade bait the last two seasons, the Celtics guard expects a breakup. But as the Celtics head into tonight’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 2-1 edge over the 76ers, the thought only grows. ‘We realized that from Day 1 (at the start of) training camp,’ Pierce said yesterday prior to a video session at the team hotel. I think pretty much the last couple of years we’ve been feeling like that. But the influence is to try and win another championship, regardless of whether this is going to be our last time together,’ he said. ‘We don’t know what the future is going to hold for all of us, with KG in the last year of his contract, Ray in the last year of his contract. Trade speculations have been going on, there’s talk about rebuilding, so there is a sense of urgency with us.’ Garnett stood next to Pierce and attempted to defer. ‘What he said,’ Garnett said initially, nodding toward his teammate and longtime friend. [...] ‘The focus right now is the playoffs,’ he said. ‘I haven’t given it that much thought, to be honest. We’re definitely aware of it — all of the things Paul alluded to and the possibilities. We’ve given it some type of thought, but right now it’s the playoffs — nothing more or less than that.’ Allen understands why Pierce keeps returning to this issue. Of the three, he’s the only one-franchise player. He gazes up at the numbers of legends like Russell, Bird, Havlicek, Jones and Cousy and believes he can retire in their tradition. Pierce would like to keep it that way, but if Allen is any kind of example, that’s not how the NBA generally works.”

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  • Heals

    Maybe last jog would be more appropriate…

  • Fat Lever

    As a hardcore Sixer fan, I would love it if our team was the one to end the Big 3 era in Boston. As a hardcore realist, I realize that hope probably won’t happen. Them’s the breaks.

  • blackthought

    “i´m not gettin` older, i`m gettin` better, son!” Go C`s!

  • http://dennysisforwinners.blogspot.com DennysFishTacos

    Celtics are going to make one final push for Banner 18, and it’s looking more and more realistic each game. So long as the injuries they have are ones they can play through, they have as good a chance as anyone. If San Antonio knocks off OKC, I think Banner 18 is in reach.

  • Fresh Boirdee

    Celtics vs Spurs NBA Finals… And I don’t like either team

  • Ldub

    I think that OKC/SA series will be good. If both teams can remain healthy, I see the thunder pulling it out in 6 games. Stopping TP is the key. Thunder have some of the quickest big men in the L, to help on the pick and roll and not allow TP to get that mid range jumper/floater off.

    Im pulling for the Heat in the east…but with Bosh down and Wade needing a serious comeback tour…I see the C’s coming out of the west unfortunately. OKC/SA vs Bos! Interesting basketball. LOVE IT!

  • Ill Smith

    We started out slow & they doubted us but I told em we’d be in the Finals still. Too much heart, something them Heatles know nothing bout. Indiana then OKC/SA we coming for you!

  • BostonBaller

    I’m always yet NEVER amazed by the flopping (not players…fans and analyst) The C’s are too old…they can’t run with the young teams…Pierce is a fake star…KG is dirty and overrated…Rondo sucks and lives off of the Big 3..Ray got Game..this is their last year (said every yr so it has to come true one day) blah blah blah. Now announcers are saying we could possibly win the chip and promos are looking good (not old..wise…etc) fans are saying Peirce looks good…KG is playing inspired ball (he’s balled the same every yr except when hurt)..Rondo is one of top PG’s in L..but now they can jump on Ray b/c his shot and FT’s are off (injured)..Now everyone is breaking up the Heat. STOP IT and just enjoy the game and these fantastic players in the L.

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