Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and John Havlicek gave you. . . well, I don’t know what they gave you (besides phenomenal play and a horde of championships), because I was long from being born during their days of playing basketball.

Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish gave you intensity, integrity and intelligence. Five NBA title appearances in seven seasons (three titles emanating from those appearances).

The ’90s Boston Celtics gave you jack squat except for paltry play with nary a bit of sugar sprinkled on top. Tragic struck them in 1986 with the death of Len Bias, and Reggie Lewis was tragically lost in 1993.

The modern day Boston Celtics (2007-present) has given the NBA world a championship, another chapter to the storied franchise that leads the NBA in most titles by a team. Paul Pierce, a Celtic since ’98, finally acquired the pirze he had coveted for years — likewise for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

Yet as the 2008-2009 season moves on, and the prospect of the Celtics winning the title this year being more unlikely than Will Ferrell ever winning an Oscar, they provide a lofty amount of moments to keep you (at least you, being a Celtics fan) on the edge. Just look at the Chicago Bulls series, which went seven games, only featuring one blowout.

Tonight, the Orlando Magic escaped with a narrow victory, after the Celtics — once losing by 25 — came within three points of tying the game. 95-90 final at the T.D. Banknorth Garden.


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