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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Celtics chomp LA Lakers 131-92


June 17, 2008. Boston, MA The Boston Celtics capped off one of their greatest season's ever, winning the NBA Championship for the 17th time... on the 17th of June with #17 (John Hondo Havlicek) in the house. Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Larry Bird did not come walking through that door, but the 2007-8 edition of 'The Big 3' most certainly did. Beginning with preseason practices in Europe, these were men on a mission and everything they set out to do was accomplished by winning it all.
At times, they stumbled through the playoffs, having difficulties winning on the road in Atlanta, Cleveland and Detroit. They were able to win game 4 in Los Angeles and that set the stage for what was about to happen. Intensity and defense. That was what won this last game for them. The Big 3 combined for 73 points and 25 rebounds. Ray Allen tied the playoff record with seven 3 pt field goals.

Where's Kobe? Who is this Kobe dude? He scored 11 points in the first seven minutes of the game and pretty much disappeared after that as the tough Celtic defense smothered him completely. This is a 'team game'... it's not all about Kobe Bryant. Take a lesson from the Boston Celtics. Defense and team unity are two elements that these world champions possessed.

With Russell and Havlicek sitting courtside, and Red surely lighting up a victory cigar somewhere, the Celtics returned to glory like the great teams before them, dominating in a way the Finals have never seen. On a new parquet floor below aging championship banners hung in the rafters two decades back, the Celtics won their 17th NBA title and a first one -- at last -- for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen -- their Big Three for a new generation.

"It means so much more because these are the guys, the Havliceks, the Bill Russells, the Cousys," Pierce said. "These guys started what's going on with those banners. They don't hang up any other banners but championship ones.
"And now I'm a part of it."

Rajon Rondo came up big, had 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals as the Celtics, who built a 23-point halftime lead and obliterated the Lakers, who were trying to become the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals. They didn't stand a chance.
Boston's 39-point win surpassed the NBA record for the biggest margin of victory in a championship clincher; the Celtics beat the Lakers 129-96 in Game 5 of the 1965 NBA Finals.

It's was Boston's first title since the passing of Auerbach, whose presence was the only thing missing on this night. Even Auerbach, who died in 2006, got some satisfaction. Led by Rivers, Auerbach's beloved team denied Lakers coach Phil Jackson from overtaking him with a 10th championship. The Boston-Los Angeles rivalry, nothing more than black-and-white footage from the 60s and TV highlights of players wearing short shorts in the 80s to young hoops fans, remains tilted toward the Atlantic Ocean. The Celtics are 9-2 against the Lakers in the Finals.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

NBA 2008 Free Throw Pct. Leaders

The following players led the NBA in Ft Pct.

1. Peja Stojakovic......NOR 92.857 130-140
2. Chauncey Billups.....DET 91.762 401-437
3. Ben Gordon...........CHI 90.785 266-293
4. Ray Allen............BOS 90.717 215-237
5. Steve Nash...........PHO 90.612 222-245
6. Caron Butler.........WAS 90.076 236-262
7. Jerry Stackhouse.....DAL 89.189 132-148
8. Derek Fisher.........LAL 88.298 166-188
9. Sam Cassell......BOS/LAC 88.194 127-144
10. Dirk Nowitzki...... DAL 87.868 478-544

Monday, June 9, 2008

Curt Schilling at the Celts-Lakers game

'He'd yell at someone, make a point, or send a message, turn and walk away, and more than once the person on the other end would roll eyes or give a 'whatever dude' look' said Curt in his blog.

Read more about the Celtics, Lakers, THE game, etc. on Schilling's blog 38 pitches.

Bob Cousy - first basketball autograph

I guess it was back in March 1962 while I was living in Holyoke, MA. My brother had entered a science fair which was held at the Holyoke Armory and I was there looking at the exhibits. I heard that the 'famous' Bob Cousy was in another area signing autographs and I quickly ran over and got his autograph on a program of the science fair. That was exciting for me because the Celtics were so great back then.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Celtics go up 2-0 over Lakers


The Boston Celtics won game 2 of the NBA Finals, eeking out a 108-102 victory after being up by 24 points in the 4th quarter. The Lakers caught the Celtics being content with their huge lead.

The Lakers trailed 95-71 with less than 8 minutes to go, but used a 31-9 run to pull to 104-102 on two free throws by Bryant with 38.4 seconds left. Pierce, though, made two free throws, then blocked a 3-pointer by Sasha Vujacic and James Posey made two free throws with 12.6 seconds left to ice it for Boston.

"We've got to play through the game for 48 minutes, and I didn't think we did that," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought we got cute when we got the lead." As usual, Boston's Big Three -- Pierce, Ray Allen (17 points) and Kevin Garnet (17) -- were the ringleaders but Powe, a second-year reserve had the game of his career, adding his 21 points in 15 minutes that may make him a Celtics fan-favorite for life.

Powe, who played a total of 68 seconds during one stretch of 13 games during the season, scored six points to close a 15-2 run ending the third quarter that gave the Celtics a 22-point lead. The quick burst had the Lakers California dreaming. At one point in the fourth quarter, Boston fans discarded the familiar chants of "Beat L.A." for cries of "Le-on Powe!" Leon Powe came up big for the Celtics

Friday, June 6, 2008