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Celtics deal with abrupt ending

Game 7 loss to Heat spawns emotional reaction as era could be over

Updated: June 11, 2012, 3:58 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

MIAMI -- It hurts because they were so close.

Forget the fact that the Boston Celtics really had no business being where they were -- one win from advancing to the NBA Finals -- considering all the adversity they had to overcome this season. The fact of the matter is they were there, on the cusp of a third trip to the title round in five seasons. That close to another chance at the elusive second Larry O'Brien trophy.

But Boston's wild and rather improbable 2011-12 season ...

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