Celtics took the long way here

After a season of detours, Boston finally arrives as a team

Updated: May 12, 2010, 12:45 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

CLEVELAND -- The Boston Celtics began the 2009-10 season here at Quicken Loans Arena 197 days ago with championship aspirations that only escalated after topping the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers on their home court on opening night.

Said Celtics captain Paul Pierce at the time: "We just carry on, handle our business, and understand we have one goal in mind."

The Celtics never wavered from that goal over the past 28 weeks, even as their season played out like a roller coaster, ...

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