Originally written on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Despite the bitter playoff losses Celtics fans have suffered over the last 4 years, there's one thing we too often forget: this was only supposed to be a 3 year run. When Danny Ainge first assembled the Hall of Fame trio in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, the sporting world erupted in excitement over the sweeping "all-in" move. Apparently sacrificing the future to win now, Ainge acquire "The Big Ticket" in an unprecedented 7 for 1 trade after giving up a promising rookie in Jeff Green to acquire Allen, one of the greatest shooters in league history. Though many doubted "The Big 3's" ability to win a championship, everyone agreed they would be an exciting, competitive team. What no one expected, however, was that the same core would be a game away from the NBA Finals half a decade later. Flash forward to present day. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo are all NBA Champions. The Celtics have won a playoff series e...
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