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Celtics' loss leads to what-if questions

Would things be better for Boston if the trade had gone differently?

Updated: March 24, 2011, 9:15 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- It was a situation that Tony Allen had seen plenty of times before, just never from this angle. As Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce prepared to hoist a desperation 3-pointer, hoping to force overtime Wednesday night, Allen -- Boston's former so-called "defensive stopper" -- shaded over to help teammate Shane Battier. Pierce's shot slammed off the front of the rim, sealing a 90-87 triumph for the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, and Allen exulted with what seemed like an offseason ...

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