The Boston Celtics began this recent trend of “super teams” just before the 2007-2008 season when they acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to join Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo on their roster. The year they formed this “super team” they won a championship and two years later they made it back to the NBA Finals but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. Those are their accomplishments. That’s it! Yet, these Boston Celtics have been considered–for the past 6 years–one of the elite teams in the NBA with 4 Hall-Of-Famers on their roster.
Ever since their last NBA Finals appearance of the 2009-2010 season the Celtics’ window has been “closing” according to the “experts”. But the Celtics kept proving those so-called “experts” wrong by often showing that they still could be championship contenders. Until just before the 2012-2013 season when Ray Allen left the Celtics to join their rival, the Miami Heat after the Celtics just lost to the Heat in a 7-game Eastern Conference Finals match-up the year before.
I am predicting this is the last year of the Boston Celtics’ reign as one of the best teams in the NBA. This year the lost Ray Allen and tried to replace him with a few decent shooters that don’t seem to fit right in the team’s dynamic, they lost Rajon Rondo to a torn ACL, and this could be Kevin Garnett’s last year in the NBA. It has been a considerably bad year for the Celtics.
I predicted that the Celtics would beat the Knicks in 6 games of this year’s playoffs but the Knicks now lead the Celtics 2-0 and the Celtics have scored a combined 48 points in the 2nd halves of both games. Albeit they are without Rondo but “father time” has caught up to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and now they are looking like shells of themselves. I would be surprised if Danny Ainge does not begin the rebuilding process after the Celtics’ inevitable loss to the New York Knicks in the first round of these playoffs.