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It's hard, but it's time to say goodbye

Pierce and KG deserve another shot at a title, but it's not happening in Boston

Updated: May 4, 2013, 2:46 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- They were what they've always been during the Big Three era: valiant, stubborn, proud, unrelenting.

The Boston Celtics have embraced that role with fervor, endearing themselves to us because of their grit, their resolve, their belief in one another.

There's only one problem: It no longer wins them championships, only our admiration in defeat.

Last season, with Ray Allen and a healthy Rajon Rondo in tow, they got within a tick of the NBA Finals before suffering a heartbreaking ...

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