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It's time the West was won

Later than usual, the Celtics get their first big road test of the season

Updated: January 27, 2011, 3:03 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

The Celtics are heading out West. To which a seasoned observer might ask, "What took them so long?''

They go where the schedule sends them, and the schedule this season has them making their first real Western excursion in the final week of January. Usually they make their first trip between Christmas and New Year's. As a result, the Celtics will arrive in Portland for Thursday night's game at the Rose Garden having played the fewest road games against the Western Conference -- three -- ...

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