Boston Celtics advance to the NBA Finals

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Coming into this NBA regular season, the Boston Celtics were not really considered to be a title contender after having a disappointing season and their title defense, but they were able to upgrade the roster by adding veteran forward Rasheed Wallace through free agency in the offseason.

Even though this former All-Star is arguably on the downside of his career, Rasheed Wallace has a lot of playoff experience and has already won one NBA title with the Detroit Pistons few years back. Despite being one of the most versatile forwards in the league, Wallace still had come off the bench after joining the Celtics, but he has turned out to be exactly what they needed.

It was an interesting regular season for the Boston Celtics as they really didn’t impress anyone as the team seemed to be mediocre at best, but still playoff bound.

As the NBA regular season started to come to a close, the Boston Celtics were really struggling to get anything going as they lost a lot of games at season’s end and limped into the NBA playoffs. Despite being only the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and no one thinking that the Boston Celtics could compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Orlando Magic in the East, head coach Doc Rivers new that if his team was healthy they had the best chance of any team in the East of advancing back to the NBA Finals.

In the first round of playoffs, the Boston Celtics went head to head against Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. Even though Wade and company gave Doc Rivers’ squad a run for their money in a couple games during this first round series, the Celtics ultimately advanced to the second round to face the number one seeded Cleveland Cavaliers and two-time NBA MVP LeBron James.

Needless to say, no one gave the Boston Celtics a chance to actually beat the Cleveland Cavaliers who are favored to make it always the NBA Finals and win their first NBA title in the LeBron James era. Coming into this second round matchup, the Cleveland Cavaliers were arguably the best team in the league as no one had an answer for LeBron and the Cavs role players finally were able to step up.
Despite the Cavs winning two games in the series, one of which in convincing fashion, the Boston Celtics seemed to finally come into their own get back to that lockdown defense that won them an NBA title in 2008 against the arch rival Los Angeles Lakers.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had absolutely no answer for this intensity on defense by the Boston Celtics and therefore went down six games. This loss to the Celtics sent shockwaves through the NBA as the Cavs were thought to at least get to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Not only were the Cavs favored to win this series, but losing to the Celtics the way they did had some serious consequences as Cleveland may have lost LeBron James to free agency as a result. Boston on the other hand were revitalized as their patent lockdown defense was back to form and got the league talking once again about Kevin Garnett and company possibly getting back to the NBA Finals.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, it was more of the same for the Boston Celtics as they dominated the Orlando Magic with their defense and got out to a quick 3-0 lead and seemed on the verge of pulling off the sweep. With the possibility of getting swept on the horizon, the Magic stepped up their game and got back into the series with two straight wins and headed into game six with the potential to tie up the series at 3-3.

Unfortunately for Stan Van Gundy, his squad just could hang with the Boston Celtics in game six and were blown out and sent packing.
Now the Celtics will be waiting to see who they will face in the NBA Finals with everyone wanting to see a rematch of 2008 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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