Ainge’s offseason no slam dunk

After what just happened to the Celtics [team stats]
during their late-season swoon and playoff collapse, it seems some of
you would rather see their roster hit by a trainload of TNT than watch
it again on TNT.

“Blow it up” seem to be the new Big Three words in Boston, the belief
in many corners being that the Celtics’ uniformed Big Three have begun
to shrivel. When Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce [stats]
first came together in 2007 as the prelude to the “LeBron-D-Wade and
The Other Guy” becoming the new Miami Sound Machine, the conventional
wisdom was they had a three-year window to hang new banners from the
Garden rafters.

They put one up their first year and just missed a second in their
third, but this year they ran out of gas in Games 4 and 5 of the Eastern
Conference semifinals, losing to “LeBron-D-Wade and The Other Guy” in
five games, which is a far cry from a banner performance.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge
can say all he wants, that he felt they should be ahead 3-2 this
morning and still alive. But they weren’t and they aren’t, because the
window closed on the Celtics — and it doesn’t seem likely to open wide
enough to fit another banner anytime soon.

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