After an unforced turnover by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, The Boston Celtics had the ball with 19 seconds left in game four of the best-of-seven series they trailed 2-1. Many Celtics fans were confident they would be able to score the go-ahead basket and tie the series at two games a piece. Instead, Paul Pierce missed a 15-foot jumper, and the younger legs of the Heat scored the first six points of overtime, on their way to a 98-90 win in game four to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.
With game five of the series in Miami, will this be the end of the Big Three Era in Boston? With Ray Allen turning 36 in July, Kevin Garnett celebrating his 35th birthday next week, and Pierce, the youngest of the three, turning 34 in October, we could be seeing the end of the run by these three Hall of Famers. Retirement may be a decision made,
as there are a lot of basketball miles on the legs and bodies of these three veterans. Another fact that the players too must understand is that they are getting older, and, as this post season has shown, younger teams like the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, and Oklahoma City Thunder are poised to compete for NBA Championships in the near future.
Add to this the coach of the team, Glenn “Doc” Rivers, is rumored to take a season off to watch his son, Austin Rivers, ranked #1 in high school basketball this season, play for the Blue Devils of Duke University in the 2011-2012 college basketball season. The combination of these things make it seem as if the championship run of The Boston Big Three ends with their final game of the 2010-2011 season. If the Miami Heat have their way, that era will end Wednesday, May 11, 2011.