The 'What ifs?' start with Tony Allen

It's clear that if guard had been re-signed, everything might have been different

Updated: May 17, 2011, 6:53 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

When the history of the 2010-11 Celtics is told, the events of Feb. 24 will almost certainly be relayed as a primary reason Boston failed to reach its championship goal. But make no mistake, while the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City is the easy scapegoat for Boston's inability to capture Banner 18, the train actually went off track seven months earlier.

Three weeks removed from the sting of a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, the dominoes were falling ...

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