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.
January 19, 1998 |
"Larry, you may be their coach but you're our legend. Welcome home." --Message on Celtic scoreboard * This was only "home" in a sense for Larry Bird, who lived here when he played for the Celtics but retired to Florida, leaving the likes of M.L. Carr to outmaneuver him within the organization, finally persuading him to pursue his destiny elsewhere.
June 8, 2008 |
BOSTON -- They cobbled together rebounds like the pavement in this city, pounded the paint and elbowed their way as aggressors in taking a leading role in the NBA Finals. And Saturday, the Boston Celtics continued cobbling and charting their wounds, their prize for that effort. If Game 1 was critical for the Celtics to set the tone for the series, tonight's Game 2 ranks even higher with Boston looking to maintain home-court advantage before hitting the road.
June 12, 2008 |
What, these mighty, mighty Celtics worry? OK, maybe a little. The word "desperate" was tossed around Wednesday by a couple of players in a light fashion that may not yet signal all-out desperation. After all, they remain ahead, 2-1, in the NBA Finals with home-court advantage still comfortably secured, heading into tonight's Game 4 against the Lakers at Staples Center.