The past two seasons I have witnessed the Celtics come within one game from winning their 18th NBA championship. A season ago I watched them get bounced in the second round, by a powerful Miami Heat team. In 2007 Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett teamed up with Paul Pierce to try to win an NBA championship. When the Big three was assembled, the common opinion among the majority of analysts was that the Celtics would have a three year window to win a NBA title. The Celtics won the NBA championship in 2008 and reached the finals again in 2010. The Big three are currently in year five and Celtics are no longer among the NBA's elite teams. The Celtics core is old. Kevin Garnett is 36 years old and he is no longer the offensive go to player that he used to be. Ray Allen is at best a low end starter and Paul Pierce isn't the same guy that won the NBA finals MVP. Rajon Rondo, the teams best player still struggles with shooting.
I said two years ago the only way the Celtics will win a championship with Rondo is if he significantly improves his shooting. This has not happened, most of the time Rondo is timid and he is reluctant to drive to the basket because he is not confident at the free throw line. Rondo's perimeter shooting game in still non existent. I know Rondo played terrific today in the win against the Chicago Bulls(minus Derrick Rose) but he was ineffective against the Lakers, when they sagged off of him. Last year in the playoffs against the Heat, Rondo had little impact. Rondo is at his best when he is pushing the tempo and in this series, the Heat forced Rondo and the Celtics to play a half court game. As a result, the Celtics offense struggled late in games. The Celtics are not going to win a championship with this current roster. Paul Pierce's value is still very high and Rondo's value is even higher because of his age and his team friendly contract. If the the Celtics can get solid young return for these players, I think Danny Ainge should pull the trigger. There is no bigger Celtics fan than myself but I am a realest. I don't want to go back to watching a Celtics team that is in the lottery year after year.