The 2008 Boston Celtics, the making of a dynasty?

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Simply put it, the Boston Celtics won the 2008 NBA championship. They did it with high expectations from fans, media and analysts. They defeated the L.A. Lakers in a historic blowout that will be remembered as the re-birth of playoff basketball for the Boston Celtics. Not bad for a city that sent the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl and the Boston Red Sox winning the MLB Championships. It's a great time to be in Boston. Only if the Boston Bruins had the same luck.

The Boston Celtics defeated the L.A. Lakers by 39 points. The score kept adding up since the first quarter when Boston Celtics took the lead with a little over three minutes left in the first quarter. A blowout that was the highest in points in terms of NBA Finals Championship clinching history. After several lead changes between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers in the first, Boston took over and never looked back.

The fans were not just hoping to win a championship, but they expected it. When you are Paul Pierce, have the addition of Kevin Garnet, and Ray Allen, who are NBA All Stars, add to that the veteran leadership of Sam Cassel and PJ Brown and a few decent players and fan favorites, and a great coach in a city that knows Basketball, and knows the importance of legacy. You have the Boston Celtics of today.

It took the Boston Celtics a while to get to where it is. At first, it was not all clear for the Boston Celtics. In the first round, the Atlanta Hawks challenged the Boston Celtics by tying the series in Game Four. Although the Boston Celtics looked harmless at home, the Atlanta Hawks gave them the challenge of not under-estimating their opponents and took it all the way to Game Seven. This was the key series for the Boston Celtics. This showed that they would get the best out of their opponents, regardless of their opponent's records. It also showed that in NBA playoffs, a championship is not going to come easy.

The big assets of the game were Kevin Garnet, Ray Allen and the Team Caption, Paul Pierce. Indeed, it was Pierce in the end who was the MVP. The difference this time between last year and this year were the two key additions that would raise expectations, some thought, was unfair. Yet, fair it was. Paul Pierce showed why he was a great player, Kevin Garnet showed why he deserves an NBA Championship Ring, and Ray Allen showed the character, patience and the commitment it takes.

In the NBA, competition is at the highest level of basketball. To be respected, one has to give their best. It could not have been done against another team. The Kobe Bryant led L. A. Lakers were the best team in the Western Conference. The Western Conference consisted of some good quality teams, even teams that did not make the NBA Playoffs such as the Golden State Warriors.

But what made the Boston Celtics different from the L. A. Lakers or even the Detroit Pistons, is that they are a great team and among NBA's all time greatest teams, and definitely would rank as the top three greatest teams of the 21st Century. At least, at this moment. The key for the Boston Celtics becoming a dynasty is consistency, and improvement. How could an NBA team that did the best in the league and had amongst the greatest winning records, improve? There is always something to improve on.

The legacy of the Boston Celtics will be determined on the amount of championships they win and the consistent improvement they will make in the off season. We must be reminded that the Point Guard, Raja Rondo is only a rookie. Winning the championship, being the starting point guard as a rookie is something that is respectable. No matter whose team you are a fan of, the Boston Celtics built the right formula to win the championship. They were expected to win the 2008 NBA Championship. They did just that.

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