The last six weeks have been tough on Celtics players and on Celtics fans. After breezing through the regular season and having our way with just about every team we played, the Celtics started the Eastern Conference playoffs with two game 7s, before which the players and the coaches said they got next to no sleep. After game 6 of the Detroit series, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce admitted they hadn't had more than an hour or two of sleep in several days.
If I'm anything like the rest of Celtic Nation, Celtics fans didn't get much sleep during those six weeks either.
We'd all like to think those days are over, and the Boston Celtics who slaughtered the Lakers twice during the regular season will put them away in four easy games during the Finals.
Ain't gonna happen.
Nor will the Fakers run away with it.
Instead, I expect this to be a back and forth, up and down series between two pretty evenly matched teams.
Kind of like 1984.
Take a look at the 1984 Finals game log below.
If this series is anything like that one, we ain't seen nothing yet.
The Lakers led the Celtics during the final minute of the first four games.
The Lakers won the first game so handily, there were whispers of "sweep" among the national media. So don't let the six point difference fool you.
Only a Gerald Henderson steal and overtime in game 2 saved the Celtics from being down 3-0, because the Lakeshow annihilated the Cs in game 3 by 33 points.
Stop for a moment and try to put yourself in that situation. By all rights, the Celtics should have been down three games to zip, and the next game was scheduled to be played in Los Angeles, where the green just got run out of the building.
I'm hoping the 2008 Celtics don't face any lows that are quite this dark, but you may want to keep some tranquilizers on hand.
It should also be comforting to know that a single blowout in the Finals doesn't mean much and must be taken with a grain of salt.
- #05 (Walton)
- #08 (Wedman)
- #12 (Sichting)
- 1971-72 Lakers
- 2007-08 Scores
- Banner 17
- Grassy Knoll Network
- Green Mile
- Larry & Magic
- NBA Scoreboard
- Russell v. Chamberlain
- Walton Gang (1977)