The 2011-2012 season marked the final year together for Bostonís aging trio of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Led by arguably the best point guard in the NBA, Rajon Rondo, as well as a rejuvenated Pierce and Garnett, Boston managed to make a deep playoff run. Sticking with the recipe for success that the Celtics have employed in recent years, they focused their efforts on teamwork and defense, ranking second in the league with 23.6 assists per game while holding opponents to a league-lowest 41.9 percent shooting from the field on the other side of the ball. Injuries to Allen, Rondo, and Jermaine OíNeal forced Coach Doc Rivers to rely on unproven young talent, in the form of Greg Stiemsma and Avery Bradley.
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