The Heart of a Champion: Why These Boston Celtics Refuse To Lose

Tyler Rose@@ienjoitroseContributor IMay 6, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 04:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic fouls Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 4, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Magic defeated the Celtics 95-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Go ahead, tell me that going seven games against a Chicago Bulls team spells doom for the Celtics.

Tell me that with no Kevin Garnett, Leon Powe, or even a semi-respectable bench they have no chance.

Tell me they've played way too many minutes too early.

And I'll agree with all of that. Except there's one thing that allows me to still feel as confident as ever in these Celtics. They're the defending CHAMPS!

Regardless of the score, they will fight to the end, as was evident in the game on Monday, where they stormed from a 28 point deficit to make it a very close game.

I want to know how many Orlando fans were sweating. My bet is all of them.

Rondo had a terrible and i mean TERRIBLE!!! First half but came to life in the second showing the never back down attitude that makes the Celtics so beloved in Boston.

Rondo drove at Howard with the intention of slamming the ball on the defensive player of the year!

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Rondo, who is all of 6'1" against Howard 6'11" with a wingspan of 7'5"

He didn't make the dunk attempt but he did sky over Howard, showing absolutely no fear of the monstrous mad in the middle.

Paul Pierce got his game going in the second half, too, driving to the hoop often and picking up fouls for easy points.

Also I am a Boston Celtics fan...but I am not a Brian Scalabrine fan!!

Yet he played outstanding defense on Rashard Lewis limiting him to only three points in the second half. While also hitting a few threes and doing some dirty work.

For me the Celtics have already won their championship this year. With the victory in Game Seven against Chicago.

Whatever happens in this round is just a bonus.

But I'll never say they don't have a chance and if somehow they make it out the East and to the finals again, just remember when push came to shove they kept on pushing.

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