It was not long ago when the Boston Celtics were considered arguably the worst team in the NBA. They simply had no hope for the future or for the struggling superstar in Paul Pierce who was trying to do all he could just to get them into the playoffs.
Unfortunately, Paul Pierce’s efforts to lead his team back to greatness fell short every single year and even though he had some promising seasons alongside Antoine Walker, the Celtics never seemed to be able to get over the hump compete with the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Even though the Boston Celtics have been down in the dumps ever since the days Larry Bird in his prime, Paul Pierce was still dedicated to winning and had no intentions of leaving town. Fortunately, despite many people thinking he was crazy for not wanting to go elsewhere, he stuck around just in time to see Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett come to Boston and help lead the way to an NBA title.
With a complete turnaround in just one season, the Boston Celtics went from the worst team in the league to arguably the best and did it all with some impressive lockdown defense.
Not only was the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen godsend for the Boston Celtics, but these two players was just what the doctor ordered moving forward and winning one NBA title was not enough for these NBA superstars.
Ever since winning the NBA championship back in 2008 against their arch rivals in the Los Angeles Lakers, the Boston Celtics have been plagued with injuries and have failed to get back to form over the past two seasons. Despite struggling at times during season with injuries to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Celtics seem to have gotten healthy just in time and seem ready to contend for a title once again.
In the first round playoffs, the Boston Celtics had a relatively easy team to face in
the Miami Heat. The only player of any real concern for the Celtics in this series was Dwyane Wade. Much like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade has the unique ability to put a team on his back and lead them to victory single handedly. Even though Wade had his best playoff game in his career with 46 points during the series, the Heat posed little or no threat to actually win the series and were knocked out after just five games.
The same cannot be said for the second round the playoffs for the Boston Celtics as they had to deal with LeBron James and the Eastern Conference favorites in the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coming into the playoffs, the Cavs were thought to be the team to beat with all the right pieces finally coming together and LeBron James’s best chance of winning an NBA title in Cleveland.
Even though no one had the Boston Celtics pulling off the upset of the Cleveland Cavaliers in second round, that is exactly what happened as Kevin Garnett and company got back to their fierce defense and dominated LeBron James and company in six games.
This was a shock to say the least for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the entire NBA for that matter as no one saw it coming or even anticipated the fact that the Cavs would not be playing in the NBA Finals this season.
Despite the victory over the Cavs for the Celtics being arguably their biggest achievement since winning the NBA title in 2008, Doc Rivers’ squad had another tough task ahead of them in the form of Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference finals.
Throughout the NBA playoffs no team has been more dominant than the Orlando Magic as they have failed to lose a single game in the first two rounds of the playoffs against the Charlotte Bobcats and the Atlanta Hawks. Despite Dwight Howard and company being flawless coming into game one of the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics were ready for them and hadn’t missed a step from their previous series by beating the Orlando Magic on their home floor.
Whether or not Kevin Garnett and company can beat the Orlando Magic in a seven-game series remains to be seen, but they have definitely got off to a quick start and are officially title contenders once again in my opinion.