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Celtics raise doubts about what’s possible: Questions, not banners: We always are looking for a bright side, and maybe this is it: At least no one will be gunning for them now. Teams will measure themselves against Cleveland or Orlando or maybe Los Angeles or Denver. When someone mentions the Big Three now, they will be referring to Dwight Howard and his biceps. [BostonHerald.com]

Celtics have big shopping list: Frontline a priority in busy offseason ahead:
The day after his team was eliminated from the playoffs by Orlando, Danny Ainge was at work trying to get the Celtics [team stats] back to the Eastern Conference semifinals and beyond. While the vagaries of the marketplace make it difficult for the team’s executive director of basketball operations to know exactly what his roster will look like in four months, Ainge was fairly blunt when asked about his priorities this offseason. [BostonHerald.com]

Rivers on D&C: Pierce and Perkins Likely Need Surgeries, Hamstring Hampered Allen Against Magic: Celtics coach Doc Rivers, appearing on the Dennis & Callahan Show, said that shooting guard Ray Allen was hampered by a hamstring injury during the series against the Orlando Magic. “Ray had a hamstring problem throughout the Orlando series,” said Rivers. “In Ray’s case, I thought his hamstring was bothering him a lot. That could have had an effect on him.” Rivers also said that, in addition to the surgery that Kevin Garnett will require on his right knee, Kendrick Perkins likely will require a procedure on his injured shoulder, and that Paul Pierce “had some bone spurs that may need to be removed as well.” [WEEI.com]