March 10, 1995 |
A week before Reggie Lewis' No. 35 is to be retired by the Boston Celtics, revelations about his controversial death nearly two years ago have shaken the Boston medical community, the team and family and friends of the former basketball player.
June 6, 2008 |
BOSTON -- Got Jinx? It was only two visits ago for the Lakers when some fans in gold jerseys chanted "MVP!" for Kobe Bryant. But if things had changed, they just changed back. The Celtics, coming into the Finals as underdogs after a torturous postseason, looked like their mid-season selves with their big three, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, combining to score 65 points. Meanwhile, the Lakers struggled, from Bryant (nine for 26 from the field) on down in a 98-88 loss.
June 4, 2008 |
With the start of the NBA Finals approaching, the chance to rub elbows with history isn't being lost among the Boston Celtics. "Two nights ago, before I went to sleep, it crept into my mind a little bit and I started thinking about the atmosphere, about what exactly this whole thing meant and I couldn't sleep," Ray Allen said. "If you think about it too much, then you're going to just sit up and think about it and your thoughts are going to take over your body."
June 7, 2008 |
BOSTON -- If you are a collection of basketball players who call themselves the Bench Mob, there are three things that cannot happen to you in the first game of an NBA Finals. You cannot get whacked. You cannot be iced. And you can never be clipped. All of which described the on-court fate of the lovable Lakers reserves at TD Banknorth Garden on Thursday, during a game in which the only mob was the thousands who roared at their demise. Luke Walton, zero baskets, three fouls. Beat L.A.!
June 11, 2008 |
The NBA has had a lot of memorable nights but none like this . . . for which the league is eternally thankful. This was the NBA's Lost Tuesday. In a game appropriate to the ugly controversy that blew in from disgraced referee Tim Donaghy's case earlier in the day, the Lakers beat the Celtics, 87-81, in the first mud-wrestling match held in lieu of a Finals game.
June 9, 2008 |
BOSTON -- Put that in your wheelchair. So much for the Lakers' lighthearted approach that extended to the minutes before Game 2, when Coach Phil Jackson was still joking about Paul Pierce's wheelchair. Pierce proceeded to score 28 points Sunday night as the Celtics won, 108-102, taking a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals in which the Lakers were once favored but are no longer.
January 9, 2001 |
New Celtic Coach Jim O'Brien didn't stomp up and down the sideline. He barely used the full-court press. He didn't yell at his players every second of the game. The only thing he did like Rick Pitino was lose. In Boston's first game after Pitino resigned, Steve Smith made two three-point shots 42 seconds apart in the fourth quarter to give the Trail Blazers the lead and help Portland beat the Celtics, 98-90, Monday.
May 19, 2002 |
The Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets are the unlikeliest of Eastern Conference finalists, teams that did not qualify for the NBA playoffs last season, but are one series victory away from playing for the championship. It will be the first time since 1978 that a team that missed the playoffs the previous season advanced to the finals the next.
May 27, 2002 |
This is not the Golden Age of NBA basketball. It can't be if the team with the second-best player in the game (according to MVP voting) blows a 26-point third-quarter lead to a team with two scorers, no center and a point guard of many words and few great accomplishments. What fun it was to see the greatest-ever playoff comeback. The Boston Celtics get credit for proving that the best of sports is the mental resilience that can be imparted by one optimistic star.
May 28, 2002 |
Jason Kidd grabbed his jersey, raised his head and bellowed, a loud, long, piercing, cleansing scream. The scream was a way of releasing tension, anger, frustration and, most of all, joy. Kidd pointed to the silent crowd at the FleetCenter and yelled, "You choked, you choked." It was not the dignified thing to do, but this same crowd had chanted personal insults at Kidd.