Web Analytics and Web Statistics by NextSTAT The Boston Sports Nut: Celtics fight back huge deficits again; but lose. NO CIGAR YET.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Celtics fight back huge deficits again; but lose. NO CIGAR YET.

Sunday, June 14, 2008. Los Angeles, CA Put away the cigars, pack up the champagne and head to Boston for Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals. The C's fought back from huge deficits once again, 18 points and 12 points, but couldn't hold on to their slim lead in the 4th quarter as the Lakers bounced back and pulled out a 103-98 victory.

Paul Pierce was the star of the game, as he led the Celtics with 38 points and played all but two seconds. He tossed in 16 points in the second quarter, leading the comeback. KG put up good numbers, dropping in 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Ray Allen had 16 points. But Boston's Big Three couldn't close out their first chance at winning it all, and now will get two cracks at home.

Following the game, Allen did not speak to the media. Celtics coach Rivers said: "Ray Allen was forced to leave Staples Center right at the conclusion of tonight's game due to a health issue with one of his children. We ask that you please respect Ray's privacy at this time, and we'll keep you up to date as best we can moving forward." Allen has a daughter, Tierra, and sons Walter Ray Allen III and Walker. The Celtics, trying to win their first title since 1986, are consoled by the fact they are going home. They are 47-7 at TD Banknorth Garden this season.

Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins did not play, as he was resting his strained left shoulder.
Leon Powe took Perkins' place in the starting lineup. It was the first playoff start of Powe's career.

"I know I'm not ready to go," Perkins said in the visitor's locker room at Staples Center, wearing street clothes while the rest of his teammates got in uniform for the potential clincher. "If we have a Game 6, I'm sure I'll be ready to go. But I hope we close it out."

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