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Losing to Heats, the Celtics may face a new era


Losing to Heats, the Celtics may face a new era

Derrick Johnson May 12, 2011

The Heats with the "Big 3" of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade accomplished their goal of bringing down the champs – the Boston Celtics – in a 97-87 win that eliminated the Celtics from the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Is the era of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett a thing of the past? According to the New York Times, all three players who make up the Boston core are in their mid, not even early, 30's. Rajon Rondo, who played against the Heats despite a dislocated elbow, is 25.

On the other team is James, 26 and a mega-star. Bosh is 27 and Wade is 29. James scored 33 points, making multiple clutch shots. Wade had 34 points and Bosh scored 14.

"They definitely posed a lot of challenges to us, and they put a lot of pressure on our defense," said Allen after the game, according to the news source.

Allen, Pierce and Garnett are under contract to come back for at least another year with the Celtics. As for their coach, Doc Rivers, many speculated that this may have been his last season but he could very well come back, especially after what he said on Wednesday.

"I haven’t made that decision, but I can tell you I probably will. I’m a Celtic, and I love our guys. I want to win again here," said Rivers.

For LeBron James, who received massive criticism for abandoning his Cavaliers in Cleveland to join the Heat, the victory against the Celtics was an affirmation.

“I knew I had to go through Boston at some point. I went through a lot signing to be here and the way it panned out. I apologize for the way it happened, but I knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime," said LeBron.