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This could very well be the Boston Celtics’ last hurrah with the Big Three trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen leading the way. It would be nice for Celtics fans to see this core group make one last NBA Finals appearance.
However, that’s asking a lot, considering the number of road blocks the Celtics will need to hurdle in the Eastern Conference. The discussion for Eastern Conference supremacy has to begin with the Miami Heat, but it doesn’t end there. Other trendy picks include the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.
Plus, Orlando will remain a threat as long as Dwight Howard is still taking up residence in the Magic Kingdom, while the Indiana Pacers bolstered their promising roster with the addition of David West in the offseason.
Expect the depth and breadth of quality teams in the East to dash Boston’s dreams of a return trip to the Finals in 2011-12.