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Celtic Pride?

Raise the 17th banner. Map out the parade rout. Carve a shamrock-shaped diamond for the championship rings.

“Ladies and gentlemen, your 2008 NBA champions, the Boston Celtics!”

The way the off-season has gone, it’s nothing short of a miracle that the Boston Celtics have somehow turned themselves from laughingstock to championship contenders overnight – and they didn’t even have to rely on ping-pong balls to do it.

When the C’s acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join forces with resident Celtics superstar Paul Pierce, Boston – for all intents and purposes – now boasts of a formidable trio the likes of which haven’t been seen since the days of the Bird-McHale-Parish troika.

Beantown must be rejoicing.

They have one of the best shooters in the league in Ray Allen, one of the most underrated superstars in the league in Paul Pierce and one of the top 50 basketball players EVER in Kevin Garnett.

These three have what it takes to go all the way! Who cares about the rest of the roster, right?

Wrong.