No. 17: Allen, Rivers, Pierce return
When the Celtics lost in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, many fans anticipated that they had seen the last of the Big 3 -- Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett -- playing together in Boston. And there was wide speculation that Celtics coach Doc Rivers was headed for retirement. But those fears never materialized as Doc announced that he would return to coach and Allen and Pierce signed new deals to keep playing in Boston. With the core back in place, the Celtics are the top team in the NBA's Eastern Conference so far this season.