The last few years haven’t exactly been kind to the Boston Celtics. But not too long ago, wins at TD Garden were as common as traffic on I-93.
Prior to the 2007-08 season, the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, who teamed up with Paul Pierce to form the celebrated “Big Three.” The trio won nearly 70 percent of its games over the next five seasons, bringing an NBA championship banner to Boston in 2008 and making the playoffs four years in a row after that.
The dream team since has disbanded — Allen to the Miami Heat, Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets, and Pierce to the Nets, then the Washington Wizards. But since there’s never a bad time to relive the glory days, Pierce recently opened up to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck about Boston’s magical run.
“It was meant to be,” Pierce said. “It was just like the pieces of the puzzle fit perfectly. … We all were different, but we all complemented each other. The next thing you know, the chemistry and everything is perfect.”
The Big Three’s smashing success has spawned many imitators — two of them involving LeBron James — but in Pierce’s mind, none captured the perfect blend of chemistry, talent and desire present in Boston.
“We were all at a point in our career where we won a lot of games, never won a championship, won a lot of statistical (honors), All-Star games, Kevin had an MVP,” Pierce said. “It was like, what was left? We all wanted to win a championship.”
And win a championship they did, during a 2007-08 campaign that some would call divine.
“It was sort of like the holy trinity or something, man,” Pierce said. “I don’t know. It just, it came together.”
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