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Some other quick milestones to watch out for.
If Paul Pierce is able to play all 82 games of the 2012-13 season, he will move ahead of Robert Parish and have played in the second-most basketball games ever while wearing a Celtics uniform. Another 82 games will give him 1,107 career games, but he will still be looking up at John Havlicek's 1,270.
Another 31 steals will move Rajon Rondo into third place in Celtics' history. He will slide ahead of Parish with ease this season, but still be trailing both Pierce and Larry Bird.
Kevin Garnett has played more NBA minutes than any active player other than Jason Kidd. He is currently tenth on the all-time list. The majority of players from five-to-ten are clustered very close together. If Garnett manages to stay on the court for a similar number of minutes as the 2010-11 season, he can easily leap into the top five. Playing 2,200 minutes in 2012-13 would place him in fifth on the list, just ahead of Wilt Chamberlain.
Jason Terry currently sits fourth on the NBA's all-time three-point shooting list. Unfortunately he is still 670 treys behind Jason Kidd for third. Even as he is signed with the Celtics for three more seasons, Terry would need to average more than 223 threes per season to surpass Kidd's current mark.
All of these are meaningful accomplishments by some great players and coaches. Still none of them can hold a candle to the Celtics ultimate goal.
Boston's 17 championships still lead the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers are close behind with 16 and will threaten to win No. 17 this year. The only way Boston can assure the Lakers don't catch them is to win their own 18th.