The Boston Celtics may be overdue from a championship. They have not won in nine years. Right now their chances at changing that are looking promising.
Boston is among one of the most top-of-the-line teams in the league, the numbers prove it. Boston sat second place through most of the season, but they caught fire in their final month of the regular season. They were able to clinch the Eastern Conference, with a record of 53-29.
They finished off two games ahead of Cleveland. Their success is continuing in the postseason. Boston had a rough start but a strong finish to their first round series against the Chicago Bulls. After losing the first two games of the series, they went on to win the next four, taking the series 4-2, and advancing to the second round.
Now they are in a series against the Washington Wizards. Although it looked like things might be a breeze for Boston as they got an early lead, taking the first pair of games, things took a different turn after that. Washington took Game 3, and 4 to even out the series 2-2.
As the Boston Celtics eye the conference finals with Isaiah Thomas leading them, they are not a similar team from their last championship season. The former face of the Celtics nine years ago was very different. It was not Isaiah Thomas’ team, it was a shared team. It was Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen’s teams. They carried Boston to a championship in 2008.
The Celtics have not won a title since then, but they are working on it. Pierce, Garnett, and Allen are no longer seen playing for the Celtics, or any other team. They are all retired. The three may not be on the best terms either.
On Monday a few members of the Boston Celtics 2008 team said it was up to Ray Allen to reach out and mend fences, according to ESPN. Some bad feelings stemmed from Allen’s departure from the Celtics in 2012. The reason why may only make sense.
Of all teams he could have went to, Allen likely went to one of the worst, the Miami Heat. At the time, the Heat were one of the Celtics biggest rivals. There may still be some hard feelings from members of the Celtics during that time.
As the former championship team prepares to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their title, the plans do not involve Allen. Pierce spoke on how he felt recently, saying that initially, he was hurt by the way things went down. He thought Allen, Garnet and him had become brothers in Boston. Brothers on and off the court is how they carried themselves. But, Allen not giving them the heads up that he was going to leave, it ended up breaking up the brotherhood. He said that it will be interesting to see the 2008 NBA Champs and if they can put their differences in the past long enough to celebrate with each other.
Will Ray Allen celebrate with the 2008 team? Can the Boston Celtics make the finals this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod