When Danny Ainge maneuvered and was able to piece the Big Three (or the Big 2 ½ as I like to call them) together prior to last season, there was talk about how he sacrificed the future for an opportunity to be relevant again.



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After the Celtics escaped Milwaukee with an overtime win on Nov. 15, they stood at 9-2 on the young season. They had just completed an arduous stretch in which they played eight games in 12 days, and won seven of those.



It was a situation Paul Pierce has been in countless times before.



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“I'm more struck at the fact that Leon (Pow) gets more foul shots than our whole team does in 14 minutes of play. That's ridiculous. I have no question about the fact that my players got fouled but didn't get to the line. It's the illusion that's created.



Five games in seven days. The Boston Celtics' upcoming schedule is a demanding lineup that includes a pair of back-to-back contests and matchups against postseason contenders. The long haul began Sunday when they traveled to Detroit to take on the new-look Pistons.



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No one said defending the NBA title was going to be easy.

The Boston Celtics didn't say it. The coaches didn't say it. The critics didn't say it either, many of them citing age and complacency as the spoilers of a second title run.



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In the November issue of Boston magazine, I wrote about Kevin Garnett and how his career fits within the burgeoning basketball sabermetric community.



Ray Allen turned 33 this past summer.



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We ask a lot of the athletes in this town. We want them to perform, of course, but even more than that, we want them to care as much as we do. 



While it's hard to see past the historic turnaround and 17th NBA title, it was only a year ago that many basketball pundits were questioning the depth of the Boston Celtics bench.



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