When Rajon Rondo went down with a knee injury, the Boston Celtics' playoff prospects looked gloomy. They squeaked into the playoffs with the No. 7 seed, hoping their gritty defense and postseason experience would carry them through.
Even though they gave the New York Knicks plenty of fight after trailing 3-0 in the series, the C's are headed home much earlier than they're accustomed to.
After losing in the first round for the first time in the Big Three era, the Boston Celtics' future is far from certain.
Celtics are eliminated in 1st round for first time since acquiring Kevin Garnett in 2007-08 season
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 4, 2013
Of course, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers are all under contract for next season, but that may only be worth as much as the paper it's written on.
Retirement speculation swirls around KG, Danny Ainge already dangled Paul Pierce in trade talks this season, and who knows how much longer Rivers can hack it in Beantown?
With Boston's season over, let the speculation on next season begin!