Playoff anomaly? Celtics as Cinderella

Boston's success puts the lie to the LeBron James/Michael Jordan star-power value

Originally Published: May 26, 2010
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

A team making an improbable, under-the-radar, Cinderella run toward a championship … that's normally the domain of the NCAA basketball tournament, not the NBA playoffs. Yet the Boston Celtics, the most successful franchise in league history, a team that just won the NBA title two seasons ago, are being treated like the second coming of "Hoosiers."

It's maybe understandable that nobody saw Butler coming through March Madness a couple of months ago; but there are only 30 teams ...

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