Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Congratulations, NBA Champion Boston Celtics!

Boston Celtics 131
Los Angeles Lakers 92

For the first time in 22 years, the Boston Celtics are the NBA Champions. The 1986 Celtics were one of the great teams of all time. The 2008 Celtics were probably not, but they sure finished in style. After being taken to 7 games by Atlanta and Cleveland, they took care of Detroit and LA in 6 games each. They set an NBA finals record with their comeback in game 4. They were tied late in game 5. And game 6 was a clinic, a complete and total demolition of a team that many considered a prohibitive favorite before the series started. They did it with two of their four starters missing significant time and Paul Pierce at less than 100% after a game 1 injury.

I said the other day that some of the Lakers wouldn't want to make the trip back to Boston. Well, it looks like some of them didn't. I'm thinking that a bunch of them wish that they hadn't...

On opening night of the Celtics season, this is what I said:
There has been talk that the supporting cast is weak, and I can't judge the truth of that, but clearly, this is a team that is a threat to win the East. At the very least, they are relevant now, for the first time in close to 20 years.

And I'm looking forward to watching them play with a hope that they'll be playing late into the playoffs, as opposed to the last few years where we were looking for signs that some of them might turn into NBA players at some point. Danny Ainge has taken a lot of abuse, but he did a great job stockpiling assets, and when possibly the best player in the game was available, he had what it took to get him.

Well done, Mr. Ainge.




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