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Rajon Rondo now among Celtics greats

Rondo is drawing praise from some of his predecessors as perhaps the greatest point guard in Celtics history.

As he enters his seventh season, Rondo is drawing praise from some of his predecessors as perhaps the greatest point guard in Celtics history.

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As he enters his seventh season, Rondo is drawing praise from some of his predecessors as perhaps the greatest point guard in Celtics history.

Doc Rivers will try and assemble a team that can make a run at the Heat in the East.

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ROSTER BREAKDOWN

Meet the 2012-13 Celtics

A look at the players who will make up the Celtics rosters as the new season begins.

Dan Shaughnessy

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Sports Illustrated says the Celtics are the fifth-best team in the East, behind Indiana, New York, and Brooklyn. We think they are 1-A, right there with Miami.

On Basketball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Heat%20Camp%20Basketball.JPEG-03667--90x90.jpg For Celtics and Ray Allen, moving on was best

It’s still strange to see Allen talk about his transition so easily, but as the hurt feelings on both sides show, the relationship had run its course.

Celtics Notebook

Celtics face dilemma of guarding Ray Allen

After five years of coaching Allen, Doc Rivers is preparing his team to stop Allen from scoring in Tuesday’s season opener in Miami.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/10/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_guards_spts--90x90.jpg Retooled Celtics hope speed is the answer

The Celtics blew up their ideology in addition to rebuilding their roster, and their plan is easy to see: run fast and score.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/10/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/celtics3--90x90.jpg Jeff Green bears heart surgery scar proudly

Green, out last year with the surgery, is silencing critics who thought the Celtics were foolish to re-sign him to a $36 million-dollar deal.

Sunday Basketball Notes

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/10/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/d4e4350415dd42b193b543d1800c9483-e7566e141707021e1f0f6a70670059fe-2961--90x90.jpg Measuring David Stern’s impact on NBA

The NBA commissioner, who will step down next year after 30 years on the job, brought coolness and sophistication to the league.

NBA predictions from Globe staff

Lakers? Heat? Celtics? At least one of our writers covering the NBA sees Boston hoisting the trophy in June.

NBA outlook: A glance at all 30 teams

What to look for around the league as the NBA tips off the 2012-13 season.

NBA MVP contenders for new season

Can LeBron James repeat as MVP? Or might Kevin Durant or Chris Paul supplant him this season?

NBA teams on the rise and fall this year

Who’s up and who’s down in the league’s carousel this season? Gary Washburn runs through the teams.

Top NBA storylines for the new season

Will the Knicks finally become a factor? That’s one of the items to look for in the new season.

What to look for in NBA this season

Dwight Howard and Steve Nash playing for the Lakers are some of the changes fans will see.

More Celtics

What’s next?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/02/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/celtics3-1599.jpg Upcoming Celtics schedule

Check in on the games next up for the Celtics and look back at their most recent results.

The Big Three era ends

Interactive Timeline

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/06/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Bobcats%20Celtics%20Basketball.JPEG-03316--90x90.jpg Looking back on the Big Three era

The departures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will cement the end of the Celtics’ championship window. Look back at the high points.