Boston Celtics: 3 Key Changes Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge Must Make to Contend

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Boston Celtics: 3 Key Changes Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge Must Make to Contend
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It was almost certain that fingers were going to be pointed to the Kendrick Perkins trade if the Celtics fell short of their goal again this year. 

In an interview with The Boston Globe, head coach Doc Rivers finally fessed up on the negative effects of The Trade. 

"It was just a lot of moving parts to a team that the advantage that we had was that we had continuity, everybody else was new. Chicago was new and the Heat were new. They couldn’t fall back on what we could fall back on with our starting five. Once we made that trade, we took that advantage away." 

To say that the Celtics chose the future over the present seemed like a slight overstatement at the time but watching Boston crumble against Miami left little room for another explanation. 

The Celtics' star veterans didn't have the quickness to compensate for the loss of the league's greatest lane cloggers and next season just means that the veterans will be one year older.  As a result, the supporting cast will be relied upon more heavily than ever. 

So what are the most vital decisions that the organization needs to make to contend with the NBA's new Evil Empire next year?  After all, the Heat is only going to get better (as LeBron's “not five, not six, not seven” remarks repeat in my head). 

These Celtics may have one more run left in them and the off season decisions will be factors in how much of a run it could be. 

The aforementioned topic takes us right into our first adjustment.

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