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Nearly burned by Hawks, Celtics learn about consistency the hard way

Originally Published: May 4, 2008
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- Amid a deafening din that was as unrelenting as the Boston Celtics' vaunted defense, it was easy to get caught up in the moment and gaze in wonder at the intensity and the effort that never waned.

You watched the Celtics on Sunday, and if you'd been living in a cave for the past two weeks, you'd swear this was a team that's going to spend many, many more nights steamrolling opponents and soaking up adulation and praise on the way to earning a 17th championship banner ...

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