There are teams that would crumble without their star player. Their offense would collapse and the defensive pressure would diminish. But losing two marquee players? The game would be over before it even began.



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Is it possible that the Orlando Magic have too much of a good thing?
 



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It’s a little hard to pinpoint when it was exactly that the Celtics got their groove back.
 



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Is Paul Pierce a Hall of Famer?
 



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Having survived an epic first-round series with the Bulls, the Celtics now face an Orlando team that’s much different in terms of style, temperament and expectations than Chicago.



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Eddie House took the ball and flung it to the Garden rafters and by the time it reached the floor everyone went about trying to put the whole thing into perspective.



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Only hours earlier, Joakim Noah lashed out against Kevin Garnett.



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Another half an inch and his performance would have been heroic. Unfortunately for Ray Allen, his efforts were outweighed by a one-point triple-overtime loss.
 
“Those inches,” he said, “just took that bucket away.”
 



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Words fail. After six games and seven overtimes what more could possibly be said about this series? That it’s the greatest first round series in the history of the NBA? Well, yeah.
 
That it’s the most competitive series in the history of basketball? Probably so.



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For most of the 2008-09 season, people have been struggling to define just how fast Rajon Rondo actually is.



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