Originally posted on Celtics 24/7  |  Last updated 4/28/12

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 22: Rajon Rondo #4 of Kentucky shoots the ball around the reach of Glen Davis #34 of LSU during the game on January 22, 2005 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 89-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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The 17 Time NBA champion Boston Celtics concluded their 2011-12 season with a 87-74 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, after a season that can be best described as an exciting roller coaster ride. Indicative of Boston’s tradition of team play, point guard Rajon Rondo extended his streak of 10+ assists per game to 24! While all-time 3-point leader Ray Allen was questionable to even play in the game due to injury, and unknown if he will be available for the playoffs. Despite all this a good offensive team was held to only 74 points as the Boston tough defense continued their dominance.Something highly valued come playoff time.

What an up and down season it’s been indeed. First off a few months ago nobody knew if their would be a season…let alone a playoffs when the players were locked out with no agreement in sight. At that last minute a negotiation was reached in December and a shortened season was soon arranged.

Thus the Celtics were put into another situation to make a run for the title. The season then took a big dip as February came around and the Celtics were hovering at or below .500! They would beat tough teams and then blow games to lousy teams. Team meetings were held and cooler heads prevailed throughout the turmoil in a town that values Basketball. Things were looking dim after a dismal west coast road trip in which the Celtics lost 88-87 to the L.A. Lakers in L.A. It was after this that the sleeping giants awoke. The next night they beat the much improved Clippers, defeated the Golden State Warriors, and exited Denver with a Win!

The defense was back and that meant difficulty for the test of the league. The Philadelphia 76ers held onto a precarious lead and even beat the Celtics to hold onto first place. However this would not last long as the Celtics kept a tight grip on defense and battled through adversity. As the trading deadline approached it looked like one of the core Celtics from the 2008 Championship team might be dealt to another team. However, Danny Ainge kept Rondo, Pierce, Allen, and Garnett together to make at least one more championship run! Coach Doc Rivers must have beamed a big smile as he was given permission for the boys to try to win once again together!!!Changes would have to be made though.

Kevin Garnett was moved to the Center position amidst controversy and when Ray Allen returned from an injury… Avery Bradley was allowed to continue to start after earning it through good offensive play and incredible defense. The result some impressive winning streaks in March and especially April over tough opponents like Miami, Philadelphia, New York, and Orlando. Paul Pierce stepped up as captain hit some game winning shots. The Celtics were on a roll and the roller coaster was back up and running again. It would cruise all the way into another Atlantic Division Championship for the Celtics as they ended atop the standings well ahead of the 76ers.

The experienced playoff team is now soaring and looking forward to a first-round matchup against the Atlanta Hawks! Let’s hope they can outside the Hawks and move along through the playoff brackets as a tough team to contend with. As one of the best if bot the best defensive teams in the NBA, the Celtics could very well be hoisting Championship Banner #18 up in the TD Garden rafters. Let’s hope it happens soon!!!! Go Celtics Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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