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Almost a year ago, there was pain and uncertainty, after the Boston Celtics were defeated in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.  No one seemed certain about what the future held for coach Doc Rivers and Boston’s Big Three. This time, after being crushed by the Miami Heat there was pain but it seems the Celtics plan to continue their core together for next season in what appears to be one final run at another NBA championship. Basketball scores.

Rivers guaranteed that he will come back to the Celtics’ bench next year, while Ray Allen expressed he has no desire to opt out of the final season of the two-year contract he signed last season.

With Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett all under contract for next season, it seems Boston will carry on the gang together for yet another crack at Banner 18. Rivers said “I’m leaning heavily towards coming back. I haven’t made that decision. But I can tell you that I probably will. I’ve kind of come to that over the last couple of weeks. I’m a Celtic and I love our guys.” Basketball odds.

Inside the Celtics’ locker room, captain Paul Pierce stressed his trust that the Celtics are capable of achieving their title goals by keeping this core intact.

“I really believe it,” said Pierce. “For the most part, between me, Ray and Kevin, we stayed relatively healthy this year. Ray is probably the most healthy, in-shape guy in the league, so I have no doubts that he’ll come back strong for another three or four years, and KG, he got through another year.

With Rivers, the Big Three and Rondo likely in the fold, the only question marks surround the supporting cast integrated by: Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal, Glen Davis, Delonte West, Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, among others. Basketball spreads.

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