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Appreciating this Boston marathon

Updated: May 3, 2009, 1:47 AM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- Well, it's over ... sigh.

The best NBA first-round playoff series this side of ever finally came to a reluctant end Saturday evening as the Boston Celtics cut the Chicago Bulls into Game 7 sushi rolls. The C's won 109-99 and move to the Eastern Conference semis against Orlando. The B's return to Chicago, but with their heads in the raised position.

Anticlimactic? Sure, but only because there's almost no way this series could have sustained its historic pace. ...

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