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Celtics made painful decision to start over

Whether the Celtics’ faithful were ready or not, whether they wanted to see Paul Pierce retire a Celtic, or Kevin Garnett vigorously motion to the TD Garden crowd, or see the Big Three make one more championship run, they won’t.

The Big Three era is over, crashing down to rubble on a warm summer night in Boston, when president of basketball operations Danny Ainge completed the biggest deal of his tenure.

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