2011 NBA Finals features a complete turnover

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2011 NBA Finals features a complete turnover

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

When the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers walked off the court following Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, it was not unreasonable to expect one -- or both -- would be back in the championship round this season. With players like Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Pau Gasol on either side, each squad boasted enough talent to make another title run.

This season, though, both the Celtics and Lakers were eliminated in the second rounds, making way for two different teams to fight for the trophy.

The Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat are so different from the 2010 Celtics and Lakers, in fact, that none of the players from the 2010 NBA Finals advanced to the 2011 Finals. So what happened those players and their title hopes this season?

Atlanta Hawks: Eliminated in Eastern Conference Semifinals by Chicago Bulls (4-2)
Josh Powell

Boston Celtics: Eliminated in Eastern Conference Semifinals by Miami Heat (4-1)
Ray Allen
Glen Davis
Kevin Garnett
Paul Pierce
Rajon Rondo

Chicago Bulls: Eliminated in Eastern Conference Finals by Miami Heat (4-1)
Brian Scalabrine

Los Angeles Lakers: Eliminated in Western Conference Semifinals by Dallas Mavericks (4-0)
Ron Artest
Shannon Brown
Kobe Bryant
Andrew Bynum
Derek Fisher
Pau Gasol
Lamar Odom
Luke Walton

Memphis Grizzlies: Eliminated in Western Conference Semifinals by Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3)
Tony Allen
New Orleans Hornets: Eliminated in Western Conference First Round by Los Angeles Lakers (4-2)
DJ Mbenga

New York Knicks: Eliminated in Eastern Conference First Round by Boston Celtics (4-0)
Shelden Williams

Oklahoma City Thunder: Eliminated in Western Conference Finals by Dallas Mavericks (4-1)
Kendrick Perkins
Nate Robinson

Did Not Play in the 2010-11 Playoffs:
Marquis Daniels (Sacramento Kings)
Jordan Farmar (New Jersey Nets)
Sasha Vujacic (New Jersey Nets)

Did Not Play in the NBA This Season:
Michael Finley
Tony Gaffney
Oliver Lafayette
Adam Morrison
Rasheed Wallace

Former Celticcurrent Heat guard Eddie House is the only member of the 2009-10 team to advance to the Finals this season. He was traded by the Celtics to the Knicks in February of 2010 and did not appear in the playoffs last year.

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Source: Celtics offseason focus is an All-Star frontcourt addition

Source: Celtics offseason focus is an All-Star frontcourt addition

WALTHAM, Mass. – No matter how an NBA team’s season ends, change is inevitable.
 
And while there’s no doubt that the Celtics are on the right track in terms of their ascension in the NBA, it's too soon to tell how many players on the Celtics’ 15-man roster that Danny Ainge, the president of basketball operations, will bring back next season.

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“One thing I do know. He’ll make the best decisions for the team and if players don’t end up being back here, I wish the best for them,” said Avery Bradley.  “Those are my brothers. We all had a special year. I appreciate everything, all the time I had with them. I’d love for all those guys to be back. We’ll see.”
 
And with Boston coming off its first trip to the Eastern Conference finals since 2012, adding just any player won’t cut it.
 
The Celtics’ mindset now isn’t just to improve, but get good enough to where they can better compete with the likes of Cleveland, which just ended the Celtics’ season with a Game 5 thumping.
 
The most significant move made by the Celtics last offseason was the signing of Al Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract.
 
Like most of his Boston teammates this season, Horford is eager to see what changes are in store this summer.
 
“We just have to wait and see,” Horford said. “We had such a good year. A lot of positive things. It’ll be interesting to see what Danny, the organization feels is going to be the next step.”
 
Multiple league sources have told CSNNE.com in recent weeks that the Celtics are focused on landing an All-Star caliber talent in the frontcourt.
 
That makes sense when you consider how guard-dominant the Celtics were this season and how that had a negative impact on the team’s rebounding and, to a lesser degree, their defense as a whole.
 
Gordon Hayward has emerged as a target, but all indications – for now at least – point toward him returning to Utah.
 
The Celtics may pursue Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin. Although like Hayward, he too is expected to re-sign with his current team for a max contract (for Griffin that would be five years, $175 million).
 
While trades are certainly in the cards for Boston, at this point the Celtics seem more inclined to improve their overall talent base via the draft and free agency.
 
“It’s always a good thing when you have the opportunity to add value to your team and don’t have to change your team too much,” said Celtics’ reserve Gerald Green, who will be a free agent this summer. “I’m going to be very interested to see what they do as far as building a team. We’re in a good place right now as far as being where we want to be organization-wise. I feel like we’re one or two steps away from actually being at the Finals. I think Danny has some things to think about, but I’m sure he’s going to do the job. I’ve seen Danny go to work in these situations. He always makes the team better. I’m pretty sure he’s got something planned that, at the end of the day, is going to make this organization better.”
 
Indeed, the Celtics could very well strengthen their position for next season by simply locking up some of their core players who may hit the free agent market soon.
 
Boston may look to work out an extension with Isaiah Thomas before the start of this season. Because if he hits free agency in the summer of 2018, he will be poised to command a salary that in year one would be worth more than the entire four-year, $27 million deal he signed with Phoenix in 2014.
 
“Boston’s changed my career, changed my life,” Thomas said. “I would love to be here long-term and win championships here. But as you guys know, it’s a business and anything can happen. I know that and understand that. But I would love to be here. This has been everything to me. This city, this organization … it’s been good.”

It was still a banner year for Celtics, according to Bleacher Report tweet

It was still a banner year for Celtics, according to Bleacher Report tweet


Minutes after the Celtics were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, the folks at Bleacher Report tweeted a video that celebrated the C’s one victory in the series. 

Ouch. 

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There are 17 Celtics championship banners that actually exist and hang at TD Garden. You won’t be seeing one for being a “finalist” or celebrating an actual sweep, such as Spurs over Cavs in the NBA Finals.