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Celtics at their best in bad times

Doc Rivers' team gets another chance to show it thrives when facing adversity

Updated: May 2, 2012, 11:07 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

ATLANTA -- The Boston Celtics have had a rather uncanny way of making things as difficult as possible on themselves this season. Maybe that's why the idea of playing without Rajon Rondo in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Atlanta Hawks drew little more than shoulder shrugs from members of the team.

"Adversity has been the theme of the season," veteran guard Keyon Dooling said.

To be sure, not all of Boston's woes have been self-inflicted. ...

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