Beaten down, worn out, finished.
But, then, life – miraculous life.
Like a haggard, punch-drunk boxer past his prime who somehow picks himself up off the canvas after nine rounds of punishment and starts connecting with thunderous roundhouse punches.
Like an ancient lawman just short of retirement, overmatched and outgunned, but somehow still standing, still shooting, even with a chest full of hot, fresh lead, courtesy of his enemy.
These Celtics just wouldn’t quit. They just wouldn’t die.
The New York Knicks learned that several times during their first-round series and they and others were reminded, once again and emphatically, in Game 6 Friday night at TD Garden.
The Knicks punished the Celtics from the start, and barely held on to win, 88-80. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.