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Don't sleep on Green giants

Resurgent Celtics positioning themselves as Eastern Conference contenders

Updated: April 9, 2012, 1:05 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- When they were 15-17 in late February, mired in a five-game losing streak and devoid of rhythm, results and healthy bodies, the Boston Celtics were an easy choice to eliminate from the NBA playoff conversation with a large, ominious, red X.

Somber experts declared the men in green were too old, too fragile and too predictable to accomplish much more than squeaking into the postseason as a No. 8 seed in the East -- in other words, as first-round fodder for the Chicago Bulls ...

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