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Celtics loaded with All-Stars, but that is not a good sign

Aug 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

shaq_dance.jpgShaquille O’Neal has appeared in 15 All-Star games. He has only danced with the Jabbawockeez at one of them, but he’s been to the game a lot.

So have his Celtics teammates — they have 54 All-Star appearances as team. As you might imagine, that is far and away the most in the NBA.

That’s a good thing, right? Not according to the Wall Street Journal.

Among the 10 teams since 1991 that had the highest number of All-Star selections heading into a season, only one went on to win the title, according to Stats Inc. Four of them got knocked out of the playoffs in the first round and two missed the playoffs entirely.

Over the same time span there have been 38 teams with at least 20 All-Star selections. Only four of them won championships. Six didn’t even make it to the postseason.

Why? Because if you’ve racked up a lot of All-Star appearances, then you’ve been in the league a long, long time. You’re old. And that tends to catch up with teams.

It didn’t catch up with Boston last season (that team had 34 All-Star games between them, but they did lose in the Finals). That was in part due to the young Rajon Rondo, in part because Doc Rivers did a fantastic job during the regular season to rest guys and take care of their minutes so they were healthy come the playoffs. But that challenge will be even tougher for Rivers this season.

  1. G - Aug 6, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Of course it caught up with them last season, in the 2nd half of game 7. They were up big and got worn out, and their bench provided next to nothing. That’s why they signed all of these role players this year because they know that age was a huge factor in the championship series.

  2. YEAH BUDDY - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Rondo wasn’t the reason they lost the Finals…it was because of Ray Allen

  3. Anonymous - Aug 6, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    The Cletics lost the finals because Kendrick Perkins was injured.

  4. wizard - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    The Celtics lost because the Lakers were the better team. as simple as that.

  5. Slam Dunk - Aug 6, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Rasheed Wallace, Perkins’ replacement for Game 7, scored twice as many points in that game as Perkins was averaging for the entire playoffs. He yanked down about the same number of rebounds Kendrick was averaging too. So what exactly did Boston miss out on by having Rasheed instead of Perkins playing center? NOTHING!!
    Also, conveniently forgotten by Celtics fans lamenting what they thought was a game they should’ve won, is the fact that Andrew Bynum was seriously injured the whole series. If he was even halfway healthy, Boston probably would’ve been swept.

  6. Rob - Aug 6, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Don’t make me laugh. The better team DID NOT win last year’s Game 7. The Lakers got all the calls in the 2nd half, as evident by the huge edge they got in the free throws. Boston got robbed, simple as that.

  7. jaided - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    enough with the excuses….. lakers won!!! what if this what if that. who won the game???? just say it……lakers baby. And u rob go look at the free throws thrown in the series and boston had the advantage in the series. so who got robbed rob. Biggest hater.

  8. Dave G. - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    The Celtics lost in the Finals because Stern’s Ref’s deemed it so.
    Don’t believe it? Check the stats- of ALL the games last year (season and postseason)it was the last quarter of the last game that set the record for 24 ( Yes, TWENTY-FOUR )free-throws. Most of them should have been called AGAINST the Lakers not for them.
    What Stern wants, Stern gets.

  9. jaided - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    So when the celts won it a cpl yrs back… what did stern want then……last yr….. he wanted what??? Oh yeah when the celtics won it, stern made bynum and ariza get injured that yr. he probably payed them to miss the playoffs right. u guys in boston are such losers with all ur excuses. im pretty sure stern threw water where perkins fell and tore his acl too. come on now……just say it who won????? oh no youkalis is hurt blame bud selig. lame. Boston is a dirty ass team, theyre shouldve benn more calls.

  10. andrew - Aug 6, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Jaided, dude, learn how to type. I want to argue with you but it would be as useful as debating with a three year old. Plus a couple of years ago…let me think, oh yeah that series wasn’t even close, like…at all. And yeah I think Stern wanted LA to win in 2008 too, the Celtics were just to good though. In 2010, different story, the teams are a lot more even than you’re giving them credit for. So yeah, the refs had more sway because of two evenly matched teams. Except one was babied by the refs. It’s tainted, get over it.

  11. jaided - Aug 6, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    how were u able to read what i wrote if i dont know how to type. u dont make any sense. i didnt know we were in english class here. but anyway, if Stern wanted LA to win in 08, why didnt they?u think u know so much. They couldve got babied by the refs in 08 why didnt they? Celtics are never in the finals if james doesnt quit on his team. if its tainted stop reading and writing ur comments. Learn how to type? that was funny. im typing this can u read this? it means i typed it on my keyboard. yeah keyboard.

  12. T. Rogers - Aug 6, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Are people are still crying about game seven? Let’s see, the team that won the rebounding battle won each game. Kevin Garnett, at 6’11”, pulled down THREE rebounds in game seven. Meanwhile Kobe Bryant, at 6’6″, pulled down FIFTEEN rebounds. The Lakers won because they outplayed Boston down the stretch. Also, had the C’s showed up for game six there would never have been a game seven. Now people are acting like Perkins was Boston’s MVP. Rasheed actually gave Boston MORE in those last two games. Boston lost. Accept it and move on.

  13. jaided - Aug 6, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    thank you. these Boston fans are getting old with the perkins and ref excuses. what if this and what if that… gets old. Bitter ass fans in boston. It was a good just a cpl yrs with the red sox winning and celtics winning. Now bostonians are just bitter again.

  14. BleedLakersPnG - Aug 6, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    So if Boston lost because of the refs last year, does that mean they won in 2008 because of the refs?
    Lay off the tainted chowder Bostonians.
    We’re coming for the all time titles record soon enough.
    Even the Folly Green Giant can’t stop the inevitable.

  15. davidly - Aug 6, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Does Dave G. know what Stern wants for next year?

  16. wizard of Ozola - Aug 6, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Celtic running a nursing home, Lakers running a pyscho ward, Heat will stomp all these chumps with young legs and steel balls. Shaq won’t play 4th quarter, can’t make FTs, Garneet sucking wind in second half, chasing Lebon, and Wade tearing derrick a new piehole breaking ankles. End of story.

  17. luffy - Aug 6, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Yes end of the story coz they ain’t getting to the finals…
    Shame on you, please stop putting Miami on the same level as the Celtics and Lakers, these teams have heart and your dear Miami is full of quitters…
    To Boston fans, shoulda, woulda, coulda don’t win you championships. Don’t worry coz I’m pretty sure the Lakers and Celtics will have a showdown again in next year’s finals. Lakers 3peat in 6 games…

  18. Brian - Aug 6, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Umm, how about the fact that Rasheed had to play twice as many minutes as he’s used to and with no one as a backup center?? You really don’t know much about basketball do you?!

  19. luffy - Aug 6, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Shelden Williams and Scalabrine was there too. LOL! Lakers has 3 bigs, Odom, Gasol and 1/2 Bynum and the Celts have 3 bigs as well, KG, Sheed, Big Baby. Fair enough…
    Ok you win, Boston fans are so funny, CELTICS WOULD’VE WON IF PERK WASN’T INJURED, happy? Now please stop crying, I’m not gonna argue anymore w/Losers…

  20. King kong from hong kong - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    You guy trippin. one could easy say if the lakers center wasn’t hurt in 08 thay would have won that title. i the NBA you get what you pay for! did anyone care to read what Mr. Buss said on the MSNBA website? Come to Hong Kong and I will show you who’s the real KING! P.S. I would never poo on the village that raised me LeBaron!

  21. george - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    I think Shaq has severely damaged his legacy with his ring chasing desperation. He was dominate when he entered the league. Then he became lazy. He left several teams with hard feelings. Now he is mostly a fat joke.

  22. guy - Aug 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    The reason why the Celdicks lost to the Lakers in game 7 was because the Celdicks choked. I was at the game. The Celdicks were ahead but choked. What a bunch of actresses. Now their fans are whining about their center.. How about the Lakers center being injured when the Celdicks won? Whiners. The Celdicks aren’t tough.. All talk.. Look what the Lakers did to Rasheed, they forced him to retire.

  23. steve vaughn - Aug 7, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    it’s all about the money,last april not one casino in vegas were taking bets on Boston to win,go figure.

  24. Jimee Johnson - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Not all Celtic fans are crybaby sore losers, lacking in character that takes losing and winning in stride. Just most of them!

  25. Michael Gallegos - Aug 7, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Boston would of taken the title had it not been for Perkins injury, with the Celtics roster, one injury screws up the entire lineup and puts some players in positions to playing minutes that they are not normally to. Boston would of easily beat the Lakers had Perkins not get injured, and all you Laker fans only like the Lakers cause of Kobe, granted he is the best in the league but in a few years when he decides to retire, lets see how much you like the Lakers then.

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