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Those backups are used to playing in pressure situations and in three different games during the Spurs series helped spark scoring runs that changed the game and ultimately led to wins.

Boston has shown that the going can be difficult if each member of the Big Three isn’t firing on all cylinders. Allen struggled for much of the playoffs before finally re-discovering his shot in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. With little instant offense off the bench, the Celtics needed seven games to beat both Atlanta and Cleveland.

But how will it play out in the next two weeks? That’s the beauty of it. No one really knows. But regardless of the outcome, it should be a thing of beauty. Star power, dramatic story lines, entertaining styles of play and history. Stay tuned.