3.23.2019

Garnett Chases Bully

 June 17, 2008

Garnett Chases Bully

With 4:01 left and all but the trophy presentation awaiting, Kevin Garnett embraced Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers on the Boston sideline, but the adrenaline was still flowing, so Garnett knocked his coach upside the head for good measure

3.21.2019

Jesus Saves his Best for Last

June 17, 2008

Jesus Saves his Best for Last

One after another. Rhythm, release, splash. Nothing but net

Ray Allen tied an NBA Finals record last night with seven 3-pointers in Game 6 against the Lakers, each dagger a tug of the rope raising the Celtics' 17th championship banner to the rafters at TD Banknorth Garden. When it was all said and done, Allen joined Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Doc Rivers in a group hug celebrating the accomplishments of the Big Three.

"We just [said] we loved each other," said Rivers. "They all said, 'Thank you,' and I said, 'Thank you' back."

3.20.2019

Lakers Lose

June 17, 2008

It was Over Early

After a while, Phil Jackson didn't even bother looking at the score.

The second half was just a 24-minute countdown to the inevitable. He knew when he left the locker room at halftime last night that he was working with a team of tin men.

He couldn't pinpoint when it happened. Maybe it was one of the two 3-pointers James Posey drilled early in the second quarter.

Maybe it was the one Eddie House drained.

3.19.2019

Auerbach Enjoys Watching 17th Banner

June 17, 2008

Coasting on air

Randy Auerbach, daughter of late Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach, enjoyed watching the team win the title with her friends back home in Los Angeles. After the game, she said via e-mail: "Danny [Ainge] and [Rivers] and the owners and the team have embodied all the values and integrity that my dad brought to the Celtics and clearly it's a formula that works! My sister and I are both thrilled and especially happy that my nieces and nephew were able to experience a championship as we were able to growing up. It would have given my father immense satisfaction to hang number 17, particularly at the expense of Mr. Jackson and company, and to have so many Celtic alumni there to represent the first 16!"

Scalabrine time

During a lull in postgame interviews, reserve forward Brian Scalabrine stepped to the podium, unsolicited, to give the media some words about their predictions for the NBA Finals. "Let me break it down for you guys," Scalabrine said to laughter. "A long, long, long time ago, we committed to this team. We committed to the defensive end. We had the personnel to do it. How, when you guys consider yourselves NBA experts, can you pick the Lakers to beat us in six games? We're on TV all the time, so it's not like you don't get to watch us play. You guys were so convincing that I maybe thought in my heart that, wow this is going to be a series. I have questions for you guys. We won 66 games, we had the best defense in the NBA. I just didn't see it."

Rolling this out

A rolling rally is scheduled for tomorrow at 11 a.m. . . . Pierce played 38 minutes 35 seconds, continuing a trend of huge minutes . . . Asked if it was OK to refer to him, Pierce, and Allen as "The Big Three," Kevin Garnett said, "No. Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett. Y'all got to get us a new nickname. I know you're all more creative than 'The Big Three.'“

3.18.2019

Respect for Rondo

June 17, 2008

Respect Rondo had earned

"You know, tonight Rondo was the star," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "He was the guy out there that made plays, got the steals, pushed their offense into high drive, and created havoc for us."
Rondo opened the third with a jumper, setting the tone for a second half that was part coronation and part celebration. The rest of his baskets came on drives to the hoop where he didn't look to pass; he looked to finish or get to the line. He finished 8 of 20 from the field after having shot a combined 33 times in the first five games of the series

"I was so proud of Rajon Rondo," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "You know, he was really struggling, and to fight his way through that tonight and to play with the energy and the toughness that he played with was absolutely fantastic. I think that almost symbolized our year in a nutshell."

Good to go

The Celtics had both center Kendrick Perkins and Allen in the starting lineup. Perkins missed Game 5 after suffering a strained left shoulder during the third quarter of Game 4, and Allen flew back to Boston yesterday morning after dealing with a medical situation involving his youngest son, Walker, in Los Angeles

Perkins was at the Celtics' practice facility in Waltham until midnight Monday getting treatment on the shoulder, after the team's return flight from LA didn't arrive until around 10:30 p.m

Before the game, Perkins, who had not undergone an MRI, said the shoulder was "a whole lot better," and during the morning shootaround, he was able to lift his left arm and use his guide hand on his shot, something he wasn't able to do prior to Game 5. But he admitted it was still painful.

3.17.2019

Rondo may have been Game 6 MVP

June 17, 2008

Rondo may have been Game 6 MVP

With 7:10 left in the fourth quarter last night, Rajon Rondo left the game to a rousing ovation from the TD Banknorth Garden crowd. It was a performance worthy of one of his new Reebok commericals. Yes, the Lakers had been Rondo'd

The little point guard had been questioned all season - and all series - but he came up big in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. After totaling just 16 points and 6 assists in the three games in Los Angeles and playing just 23 combined minutes in Games 4 and 5 after he injured his left ankle in Game 3, Rondo submitted a playoff-career-high 21 points and added 8 assists (against just one turnover) and 6 steals as the Celtics defeated the Lakers, 131-92, to capture their 17th NBA title

"Before the game, I was going through a lot, especially not playing well on the road," said Rondo. "I talked to Ray [Allen] before the game, just to let my frustration go, and he said I could still be a threat for the team, and I tried to go out there and still be aggressive - no matter how many shots I missed

"I think I started 0 for 4, but I just kept attacking the rim. I just wanted to keep making Kobe [Bryant] play defense. I didn't want to give him a night off like I did the first couple of nights on the road."
Rondo had 10 points in the third quarter when the Celtics ensured that there would be no miraculous comeback for the visitors like the one they had spun in Game 4 in Los Angeles. He drove to the basket fearlessly and even picked the pocket of Bryant, who after commiting a hard foul tapped the precocious point guard on the head, the ultimate sign of respect from the NBA MVP.

3.16.2019

Zen Mistress and Kobe: Lost from the Outset

June 17, 2008


Zen Mistress and Kobe: Lost from the Outset

After the final buzzer, Doc Rivers, in his Gatorade-drenched suit, sought out Kobe Bryant

Rivers embraced Bryant and whispered a few words in his ear; undoubtedly, the Celtics coach complimented the regular-season MVP on his play and offered some encouragement. Then Bryant did his best to find Celtics players amid the growing chaos on the parquet. He offered congratulations and shook hands, then made his way off the TD Banknorth Garden floor, alone with a towel draped over his shoulder

3.15.2019

Boston Parties Like its 1986

June 17, 2008

Boston Parties Like its 1986

A city once accustomed to watching banners raised to the rafters of the Garden burst again with Celtic Pride last night, taking to the streets with lit cigars, green banners, and ecstatic chants of "We Beat LA!"

3.14.2019

Celtics Turn Competition into Coronation

June 17, 2008

Celtics Turn Competition into Coronation

There were legendary Celtics sitting in the stands, with names like Russell, Havlicek, Heinsohn, Maxwell, Ainge, and White, who could all tell stories about the days when they touched the NBA championship trophy, sprayed champagne on each other, and watched Red Auerbach proudly puff on a victory cigar

3.13.2019

L's Hold On

June 2008

L's Hold On for W over C's

LOS ANGELES - The champagne was taken off ice. The championship hats and T-shirts were kept in boxes and sent back to Boston. And after being in position to win a championship for the first time in 22 years late last night, the Larry O'Brien Trophy slipped out of the Celtics' hands and left them hoping to celebrate back in Boston now

3.12.2019

Ray Allen MVP?

June 2008

Ray Allen MVP?

Now, 106 games into this Celtics season, Allen is coming off an outing in which he went the Full Monty, an Iversonian Game 4 effort in which he played the entire 48 minutes. In the Finals, Allen is averaging 43.5 minutes a game, more than any player on either team, including the otherworldly Kobe Bryant (42.8). He looks faster and quicker than most anyone else on the court, and his legs look none the worse for wear.

Old dog, new tricks.

3.11.2019

What Double Ankle Surgery?

June 2008

What Double Ankle Surgery?

LOS ANGELES - Ray Allen waved off Kevin Garnett and squared up to the basket, and from that point on, Sasha Vujacic was pretty much toast. Allen juked. Vujacic buckled. And the Celtics had another signature moment, a piece of hardwood history all but narrated by James Earl Jones.

3.10.2019

Zen Mistress: This Isn't Over

June 2008

Zen Mistress: This Isn't Over

LOS ANGELES - This time, there was no whining, no complaining, no making of excuses.

In the aftermath of a Game 4 implosion last night at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers looked and sounded like a beaten team.

3.09.2019

Shuttlesworth Seals the Win

June 2008

Shuttlesworth Seals the Win

LOS ANGELES - It went from being a game you wanted to forget to being a game you'll be telling your grandchildren about.

3.08.2019

House was Money

June 2008

House was Money

LOS ANGELES - Here's what was going through the minds of a number of Celtics when Paul Pierce swung the ball to Eddie House in the corner with their team trailing 83-82 and 4:07 remaining last night.

``Money,'' P.J. Brown said.

``I'm upset when he misses,'' Rajon Rondo said.

``The man's going to make the shot,'' Leon Powe said.

3.07.2019

C's Put Stranglehold on Series

June 2008

C's Put Stranglehold on Series

LOS ANGELES - They trailed by 24 points in the second quarter. They had one assist at the end of the first. They were being measured for a Hollywood burial.

But this is, after all, the land of unbelievable scripts.

3.06.2019

Catching up with Jack

 June 2008

Catching up with Jack

LOS ANGELES - He's courtside at every Lakers game cheering wildly for Kobe & Co., and with the Green coming back from ``The Departed'' to steal Game 4, 97-91, we had to ask Jack Nicholson one question: Just how much do you hate the Celtics, Jack???

``Actually, very little,'' Nicholson told us with that evil grin. ``But I love to beat 'em!''

Ah, sorry about that, Jack!

Settled into his primo seat next to the Celtics bench, Nicholson confidently predicted his team would take the series from The Green Team despite last night's L.A. debacle.

``If we play we can beat anyone,'' said Nicholson, ``but if we don't we can't.''

Truer words, we guess.

And despite his team's hoop horror last night, Nicholson said he had a great time in Boston shooting ``The Departed'' a few years back.

``I made a good one there,'' he said. ``And I loved being there.''

3.05.2019

Pierce to Doc: I Want to Guard Kobe

June 2008

Pierce to Doc: I Want to Guard Kobe

LOS ANGELES - With his team down 18 points, Paul Pierce had a message for his coach at halftime

"He said, 'I'm going to guard Kobe [Bryant],' " said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. " 'Let me guard him.' "
Rivers obliged, and Pierce's defense helped the Celtics pull off one of the more remarkable comebacks in NBA playoff history, a 97-91 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center

3.04.2019

Third Quarter was Key

June 2008

Third Quarter was Key

LOS ANGELES - Celtics coach Doc Rivers said his team has played in quarters during the NBA Finals, failing to play a full game. Last night, the Celtics needed only one quarter - the third - to turn the tide of a game and possibly alter the outcome of a series

3.03.2019

That's Mr. Posey to You

June 2008

That's Mr. Posey to You

LOS ANGELES - James Posey would have been expected to be a key in the Celtics holding the Los Angeles Lakers to 87 and 91 points in successive games. But Posey also contributed offense in a 97-91 comeback victory last night at Staples Center, his 3-point shooting from the left corner among the team's most effective weapons

3.02.2019

Lakers Crumble and Fade

June 2008

Lakers Crumble and Fade

LOS ANGELES - The Celtics really wanted to celebrate in the locker room. And how could you blame them after completing possibly the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history and the Celtics' illustrious history?

But there was no champagne in the locker room. No Larry O'Brien championship trophy. No NBA title hats or T-shirts. And Sam Cassell and James Posey, the Celtics with NBA titles on their rÈsumÈs, reminded everyone that one more win is needed before they can pop bottles and get sized for championship rings

3.01.2019

C's Stumble in Game 3 Loss

C's Stumble in Loss

LOS ANGELES - Instead of finding an excuse to "whine" like Lakers coach Phil Jackson after Game 2, Doc Rivers just accepted the Celtics' first loss of the NBA Finals and told his team to do the same

The Celtics lost Game 3, 87-81, to the Lakers before a celebrity-laden crowd at Staples Center last night. Boston still holds a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 4 here tomorrow night. The Lakers improved to 9-0 in the postseason at home and beat the Celtics for the first time in five attempts this season

2.28.2019

Pow(e)! What a Bench!

June 2008

Pow(e)! What a Bench!

LOS ANGELES - Leon Powe.

There was something about the way Phil Jackson pronounced the Celtics forward's name that dripped with incredulity.

LEON POWE.

The Lakers coach didn't even pronounce the name right. He pronounced it as ``Pow.''

That, in and of itself, says a lot about the regard - or especially the lack of the same - that many had for the Celtics bench heading into the NBA Finals.

The Lakers reserves logged big performances against San Antonio and Utah. Sasha Vujacic, the sub known as ``The Machine,'' had earned a lot of cred by running at a physically broken down Manu Ginobili.

2.27.2019

Cornbread: That's Not What I Said

June 2008

Cornbread: That's Not What I Said

Cedric Maxwell is the author of several of the more colorful quotes in Celtics history.

There is one oft-repeated phrase, however, that Maxwell insists is inaccurate. Before Game 7 of the 1984 NBA Finals against the Lakers, Maxwell allegedly told his teammates, ``Climb on my back, boys,'' meaning they could rely on him for a big effort.

2.26.2019

Zen Mistress Blames Loss on Refs

June 2008

Zen Mistress Blames Loss on Refs

By halftime, the differential in free throw numbers between the Lakers and Celtics was staggering.

The Celtics made 19 trips to the line, the Lakers 2

2.25.2019

Rondo Sparking the Offense

June 2008

Rondo Sparking the Offense

They needed him to be a play-maker. And that's what Rajon Rondo was, sparking the offense and driving the Celtics to a 24-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, before the Lakers staged a furious comeback that put the Celtics on their heels as they closed out a 108-102 victory in Game 2 last night

2.24.2019

Lakers' Bench Lacks Powe(r)

June 2008

Lakers' Bench Lacks Powe(r)

For three more quarters, Los Angeles's high-powered offense sputtered and the Lakers' frustration spilled out onto the court, and across their faces. In Game 2 of the NBA Finals last night at TD Banknorth Garden, the Celtics smothered scoring star Kobe Bryant with double, sometimes triple teams, and Leon Powe showed the sedentary Laker bench how to rip open a game, running off 21 points in 15 minutes as Boston took a 108-102 victory.

2.23.2019

Lakers Old Softies?

June 2008

Lakers Old Softies?

Physical?

Utah was physical, not Boston. Not to Pau Gasol.

The Jazz were animals on the glass. Forty-four rebounds one night, then 52 the next. That series alone almost earned Gasol the nickname "the incredible shrinking Laker."

Pesky?

2.22.2019

Jesus Played Some D

June 2008

Jesus Played Some D

The stat sheet told the story of last night's opening game of the NBA Finals.

League MVP Kobe Bryant teed it up 26 times from the field and connected on just nine occasions. That was one of the main reasons, if not the biggest, why the Celtics won, 98-88, at TD Banknorth Garden.

2.21.2019

Celtics sweat out late LA rally, win Game 2

June 2008

Celtics sweat out late LA rally, win Game 2

After playing with fire late, the Celtics held on to earn a chance to party near Hollywood. And this party is 22 years in the making.

2.20.2019

Defending Kobe

June 2008

Defending Kobe

With 5 minutes 48 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 1 last night, Kobe Bryant reentered after sitting on the bench for nearly three minutes. The Lakers trailed. Bryant had yet to make a statement offensively, though he had taken twice as many shots as any teammate. For good reason, fans at TD Banknorth Garden sat uneasily in their expensive playoff seats

2.19.2019

Cassell Contributes

June 2008

Cassell Contributes

P.J. Brown isn't going to pretend that what everybody says about Sam Cassell isn't true

"He wants the ball," Brown said, hardly holding back a chuckle. "The ball and Sam have a great relationship."

Leon Powe says it's one of those obsessive relationships

2.17.2019

C's Take Game 1

June 2008

C's Take Game 1 behind Paul Pierce and his chariot of fire.

It goes down in Hub hardwood history as the Miracle on Causeway Street. Paul Pierce and his chariot of fire.

2.16.2019

How Did Danny Do It?

June 2008

How Did Danny Do It?

A year ago today, Danny Ainge was the general manager of a 24-58 team whose infamy included losing 18 games in succession. It was clearly going to be an active offseason

"We were in a mind-set to really shake things up," he explains. "And we really wanted to build around Paul."

2.15.2019

Perkins Eyes Gasol

June 2008

Perkins Eyes Gasol

Kendrick Perkins built a reputation as a solid defensive big man in the first three playoffs series.

Now he has a chance to cement it.

2.14.2019

We Meet Again

June 2008

We Meet Again

The Celtics and Lakers renew their storied rivalry tomorrow night when they tip off the best-of-seven NBA Finals at TD Banknorth Garden. The two franchises are the most successful in league history, as the Celtics own 16 NBA titles while the Lakers have won 14. However, head-to-head, the Celtics own the Lakers, winning 8-of-10. Here's a look at those 10 matchups:

** 1959

Celtics 4, Minneapolis Lakers 0

2.13.2019

Defense Starts with Thibodeau

June 2008

Defense Starts with Thibodeau

WALTHAM - When Kevin Garnett was recognized as the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, Celtics coach Doc Rivers commented that Garnett had changed the team's culture when it came to defense. The same can be said of Tom Thibodeau.

2.12.2019

Spirit of 1986

June 2008

Spirit of 1986

For those of you out of touch for a couple of days and wondering just how long it's been since the last time the Celtics won an NBA championship, look at it from this perspective: Big Baby was a little baby.

2.11.2019

Luke Walton's Childhood: Jerry Garcia, The Greatful Dead, and the Boston Celtics

June 2008

Luke Walton's Childhood: Jerry Garcia, The Greatful Dead, and the Boston Celtics

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Finally, the NBA Finals will be the way a young Luke Walton always imagined them.

2.10.2019

The Celts could roam in Rome

June 2008

The Celts could roam in Rome

``We just hung out at the Spanish Steps, just sitting on the steps like everybody else, like regular people,'' Pierce said.

2.09.2019

C's weren't built in a day

June 2008

C's weren't built in a day

For his first preseason, coach Doc Rivers took the Celtics away for a week of training camp at the University of Vermont. The next two years, he tried to arrange a similar trip but was rebuffed by the people upstairs.

2.08.2019

James Posey is Ready

 June 2008

James Posey is Ready

No single member of the Miami Heat was responsible for stopping Dirk Nowitzki in the 2006 NBA Finals.

Indeed, the Dallas forward may have had more to do with his own demise than anyone who guarded him.

2.07.2019

Red sure had his Phil

June 2008

Red sure had his Phil

For those Celtics fans who need yet another reason to root for the Green to dispatch with the Los Angeles Lakers in the upcoming NBA Finals, we give you this chant: Win one for Red!

2.06.2019

It's History

June 2008

It's History

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Amid the buzz over Celtics-Lakers lore, the Lakers gathered for practice yesterday and gave the impression they expect the two games between the teams earlier this season to have little impact on the NBA Finals

2.05.2019

Baby Talk

June 2008

Baby Talk

P.J. Brown is making his first NBA Finals appearance in his 15th season. Kevin Garnett is making his first in his 13th season, while fellow All-Stars Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are making it at seasons 12 and 10, respectively.

2.04.2019

Rondo Doing Well with Keys to the Caddie

June 2008

Rondo Doing Well with Keys to the Caddie

The result hasn't always left a secure feeling.

There still are times when the quality of Rajon Rondo's play fluctuates like a tidal pool.

But the second-year point guard remains standing after 20 playoff games with the NBA Finals and Los Angeles Lakers due up as his next challenge.

2.03.2019

Purple and Green: 60s Style

June 2008

Purple and Green: 60s Style

The Celtics and Lakers of ye olden days did more than build great basketball teams.

They helped build the National Basketball Association.

2.01.2019

It's a Purple and Green World

June 2008

Like I've Been Saying all Along: It's a Purple and Green World

You know the results. You've read the books. You've seen the highlights.

You wonder if Kurt Rambis unconsciously reaches up and rubs his neck every time the replay of Kevin McHale clotheslining him is shown somewhere in the world.

1.31.2019

The Celtics Previous 19 Finals

The Celtics Previous 19 Finals

The Celtics have made 19 previous appearances in the NBA Finals -- including 10 series vs. the Lakers -- and have won 16 championships. Here is a breakdown of those 19 Finals:

1957

DEFEATED ST. LOUIS HAWKS, 4-3

GAME 1: St. Louis Hawks 125 CELTICS 123

GAME 2: CELTICS 119 St. Louis Hawks 99

GAME 3: ST. LOUIS HAWKS 100 Celtics 98

GAME 4: Celtics 123 ST. LOUIS HAWKS 118

GAME 5: CELTICS 124 St. Louis Hawks 109

GAME 6: ST. LOUIS HAWKS 96 Celtics 94

GAME 7: CELTICS 125 St. Louis Hawks 123

1.30.2019

Bring on the Lakers

Long Time Coming for KG

June 1, 2008

BRING ON THE LAKERS!

Kevin Garnett looked dazed, and admitted as much.

Seated next to Paul Pierce on the postgame podium, each with an Eastern Conference champions hat cocked at different angles, Garnett shook his head slowly and tried to explain the sensation.

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