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Time to Crown the Celtics?

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The Kevin Garnett to Boston deal looks increasingly likely, which would give the Celts three all-Stars in Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. Does that mean an automatic berth in the NBA Finals? After all, none of them played a single game in the playoffs last season and none has advanced beyond the first round since 2004. The pundits have begun analyzing the deal--and its effects on the Nets and the Atlantic Division. Could it cause the Nets to pursue Jermaine O'Neal?