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How the Celts rose from the dead

Sixteen months ago, the Celtics were nearly given up for dead. Here's how the team rose to stand on the brink of the NBA Finals.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:12 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

I feel like a proud father. Like one of those dads who never thought one of his kids would amount to anything ... and then, suddenly, improbably, they're sending that same child off to an Ivy League school. How did this happen? Is this really happening? Could somebody pinch me? That's how I feel.

Just 16 months ago, my father and I were watching our beloved Celtics going through the motions against the lowly Warriors. The Fleet Center was half-empty, just another depressing night in another ...

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