Boston Celtics: 5 Key Ways Next Season's Team Will Surpass 2011-12

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Boston Celtics: 5 Key Ways Next Season's Team Will Surpass 2011-12
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Pierce, Rondo and KG are chief among the reasons the Celts could be even better this year.

In case you've been asleep for the past two months, or simply just forgot, the 2012 Boston Celtics staged what was a surprising and remarkable run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, just one win away from a third NBA Finals appearance in five years and a shot at a second championship of the new Big Three era.

The dream was not realized, as the C's blew a chance to close out the Miami Heat at home in Game 6, then withered away down the stretch of Game 7.

Still, the C's playoff performance represented a magical, last roundup style storyline for this storied franchise that rose from the ashes in the summer of 2007 and became one of the league's elite teams again.

It's tough to imagine too many things surpassing what the Celts accomplished this past season outside of winning it all.

But now that the roster has undergone a few tweaks, injured players are expected back healthy and the front office has continued to operate with a "win now" mentality, it's not terribly difficult to look into the not too distant future and imagine the 2012-2013 squad not only reaching similar heights as this past year's team, but potentially going further. 

Here's a look at a few ways this might be possible.

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