The Boston Celtics loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday Night was a deafening blow to the egos of Boston Celtics fans across New England. Despite being accustomed to disheartening sports losses, this past Saturday's defeat was especially heart-wrenching. The Celtics were riding a wave of enthusiasm, spear-headed by the Celtics big three players, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. It seemed like the successful trio was destined to bring home the NBA Championship once again, as they did in 2008. But after a blow out defeat in Boston at Game 6, the team seemed to lose all its momentum. Despite the best efforts to reenergize the team in game 7, they fell to LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Now that the season is over for the Boston Celtics, rumors are beginning to churn about retirement and trades, and the fate of Celtics big three is on shaky ground
For Garnett and Allen, the decision is personal. Their fate lies in their own hands. Garnett has yet to decide if he wants to retire or not. And Ray Allen is a free agent with interest in Miami and New York. The only player of the big three whose fate lies in the hands of the green and white is Paul Pierce. Pierce is under contract until 2014, but there are firm rumors that the Celtics are thinking about trading Pierce.
Although it's true that the big three players disappointed Celtics fans on Saturday, you have to remember that they brought the team to their 17th NBA championship in 2008. How can any reasonable Boston Celtics fan believe that a stripped down version of the 2008 champions, missing their three major components, is a better consideration than two more years of the proven trio? How quickly we forget the men who took us to the top of the world a mere four years ago. Where is the loyalty? Where is the belief? Throughout this years series, their playing remained strong. Just take a look at their stats from NBA.com. Sure, they may not be the same guys they were four years ago, but they still took us to the Eastern Conference finals. These men didn't just drop us on our heads and lead us to an unsuccessful year. We made it to the brink. If that doesn't prove that these men still have gas left in their tank, I don't know what does.
Long term, maybe the best thing to do is to release the three and start anew. But that is a huge gamble, and often times shortsighted gambles don't pay off. Boston fans like me want immediate results, and a new Celtics team will take some time to build and mold into the championship caliber team they are now. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen deserve a couple more years to prove to the Celtics fans they have the talent and motivation to put us back on top. They deserve another chance because they took us to the championship once before, and in 2012 we almost got there again. If the Boston Celtics front office can get stop worrying about the future, and instead concentrate on the present, they'll realize that a future championship team is right at their doorstep. Let's hope Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen feel the same way.
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