Last time, the path this team took to get to the finals was an obvious one. A 36-game-improvement-60-plus win-season-best record-in-the-league-beat-the-Lakers-in-6 kind of obvious.
To be honest, a fan's faith in the green and white was tested this year with a regular season that was awesome to start with, bumpy to downright dodgy in the middle and redeemable toward the end. Celtics players talked as they always have this year, phrases like 'staying focused' and 'Ultimate goal in mind' and 'being ready for playoffs'. But their are several words which have turned out to be the most important, often reiterated by coach Glen 'Doc' Rivers again and again in 09 - 10;
BEING HEALTHY FOR THE PLAY OFFS.
After finishing 50 - 32 in the regular season and looking anything but intimidating the Celtics have come alive. Round 1 saw them dominate Dwayne Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat in 5, a win we all saw coming.
Round 2 was a different story. The regular season first placed and post season favourite Cleveland Cavaliers playing a Boston team whom apparently needed to 'step up' to beat the No. 1 team in the East. Six games later Cleveland was an after thought, being out played and out hustled by a unselfish and well balanced Celtics team .
This of course leads us to the Conference Finals. Their opponent the Orlando magic had swept their own first and second round series against the reasonable Charlotte Bobcats and the supposed very good Atlanta Hawks. On paper they where the best team. On court they folded, after one lucky win and one very good one.
Dwayne Wade, Lebron James and Dwight Howard, three of the best players in the league have all fallen to a true team focused on one goal. An NBA title.
And now, all the Celtics have to do is win four games against the Lakers to take out the whole damn show.
Green and white for life.