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Ranking the Boston Celtics' Five Most Despised Rivals This Season
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Suddenly, the Celtics are chasing a "Big Three"

The Boston Celtics are involved in the most polarizing rivalries in the NBA.

As a franchise, Boston has had enough long-term success to guarantee that each year the team will wear a target on its back. And, since their gritty NBA Finals victory in 2008, the Celtics players have been trying desperately to show they should continue to be taken seriously.

This year’s team is as proud and stubborn as any in Celtics history, proven by its strained relationships with each of the NBA’s top contenders.

Five teams stand most prominently in the Celtics’ way in 2012-13; the following rankings list opponents by how ravenously Boston hungers to take them down.

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