Simmons sees hope at Celtics-Clippers

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Rajon Rondo drives against the Clippers during Monday's win at the Staples Center.Grantland's Bill Simmons attended Monday's Celtics-Clippers game in Los Angeles and spent a lot of time analyzing Boston's roster, weighing players' market value and debating trade scenarios in his head. And he acknowledged that this game may have had extra significance:

Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline gave the game extra meaning for obvious reasons: for all we knew, it was the last time Garnett, Pierce, Rondo and Allen would play together. As the great Bob Ryan remarked a few weeks ago, the Celtics are stuck in Year 5 of a three-year plan. They eked one title out of that nucleus and probably should have won two. Now they’re in no man’s land: just good enough to make the playoffs, not quite good enough to seriously contend. They can’t get fair value for any of their best players, so it makes more sense to flip expiring contracts and a draft pick for one more impact bench guy ... only, they can’t find the bench guy, and they don’t want to trade the draft pick. To be honest, I don’t know what the hell they’re doing. And neither do they.

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