16. Celtics eliminated in Game 7 of Eastern Conference Finals
The not-getting-any-younger Celtics had the tall task of getting past LeBron James and the Miami Heat to advance to the NBA Finals last season. They came up one game short.
Ending an unlikely championship run in 2012, the last roundup of the Big Four in Boston lost to the Heat, 101-88, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
James, the recently crowned Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, took over the game in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of his 31 points as the Heat pulled away for a 13-point victory.
The Heat went on to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder and win their first NBA title since the arrival of James from Cleveland.
The Celtics were left to pick up the pieces, which included the return of Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers, but saw guard Ray Allen taking his talents to South Beach, ending a run of the Big Three of Pierce-Garnett-Allen that started with a championship in 2008 and continued with a Game 7 NBA Finals loss to the Lakers in 2010 and last year’s run to the final game of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
“I don't know if I've ever had a group like this,” Rivers said after the disappointing loss. "They did everything I asked them to do. They came up short."