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Ainge has tough job retooling Celtics

4/26/13: Boston, MA: Celtics president Danny Ainge relaxes on the Boston bench about two and half hours before tapoff. The Boston Celtics hosted the New York Knicks in Game Three of an NBA Eastern Conference Quarter Final playoff series at the TD Garden. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) section: sports topic: Celtics-Knicks
Celtics president Danny Ainge looked on hours before Game 3 against the Knicks tipped off. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)The Boston Globe

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Luckily for president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, he’ll have some time to ponder roster decisions, because it would be easy to overreact to the Celtics’ playoff demise.

After Friday night’s loss to the Knicks in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, Celtics faithful were ready to dispose of Paul Pierce and allow Kevin Garnett to retire in able to move forward. The transition from the Big Three Era to the next era will be difficult, however, because of salary-cap constraints, lack of expiring contracts, and underachieving players.

Before the regular season, Pierce’s return for the 2013-14 season seemed a foregone conclusion, but the Knicks exposed him.

Garnett appeared exhausted after the finale but privately gave teammates the impression he wants to return.

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