After the Boston Celtics' Cinderella run to the NBA Finals last season, many in the NBA media as the well as the Celtics' fanbase thought that, even with the advancing age of the Big Three, they would be able to contend for the title again in 2011.
However, with another year of court mileage for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, along with the uncertain future of head coach Doc Rivers, it looked as if this year would the last opportunity for this group of players.
It didn't become any easier when the team was plagued with injuries at various times, including a calf injury to KG, foot issues for Rajon Rondo, Delonte West's broken wrist and the whole slew of injuries to Shaquille and Jermaine O'Neal. Despite all this, they managed to grab the three-spot in the Eastern Conference with a 56-26 record.
However, the team was shaken by the trade of Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City in exchange for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. The Celtics lost a large portion of their interior defense in exchange for another shooter, with the goal of adding another weapon to use against Miami.
Rumors of internal strife soon proliferated, and the Celtics' crushing 4-1 series loss in the Conference Semifinals against the Heat is largely being blamed on the loss of Perk. How fair is this? This is really a question for another article, but in short, I'll say not very.
Regardless of why and how Boston fell short, major questions remain heading into next season (assuming there is one) and beyond. This article will take a look at 10 major questions that surround the Celtics in the coming years.