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Boston Celtics: 3 Reasons Celtics Will Be Title Contenders in 2012-13
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Guard Rajon Rondo and the Celtics are rearing for another go at the NBA Title

The Celtics fell one game short of NBA Finals contention in 2012. With a potential close-out game at home, Boston failed to slam the door in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

LeBron and the Heat quickly bounced the Celtics in Game 7 back in Miami. 

Entering a new season, the Celtics find themselves buried beneath the drama of NBA free agency. They also find themselves staring at a significantly improved Eastern Conference (most notably including the rise of the 76ers and Nets). 

Yet Boston made some moves of its own this offseason. Led by Rajon Rondo and veteran presences Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, the C's are set to take on their challengers again. 

And when playoff time rolls around, Boston will be in the thick of it once more. 

Here's why.

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