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On to Game 5

Celtics better take command Monday night Covering nearly six decades, figuring how many Celtics games these eyes have seen is sheer guesswork. Let’s say sports memories began filling a mental cubby hole at age 8.  (My first visit to Fenway Park came near the end of that summer. And, whatever this might suggest, even minutiae from the 1967 Red Sox season is etched in all available granite.) The Celtics weren’t on TV all that much back then; they squeezed in a few telecasts on Ch. 27, when Holy Cross and Assumption were idle. Toss in Sunday afternoon network games, then ...

June 16, 2024|Categories: Boston Garden, Celtics, NBA|0 Comments

June 2, 1984

June 2, 1984 As the Celtics and Lakers arrived in Los Angeles for Game 3 of the 1984 NBA Finals, Boston and vicinity couldn’t stop celebrating the closing seconds of Game 2. With LA having won Game 1 at the Garden and holding a two-point lead with 20 seconds left in Game 2, the C’s immediate future couldn’t have looked much dimmer. Kevin McHale missed two free throws, the Lakers had the ball. The thought of a series sweep was not outside the realm of possibility. James Worthy inbounded the ball to Magic Johnson. The Celtics’ press left Worthy, deep ...

June 2, 2024|Categories: Bill Russell, Boston Garden, Celtics, History, NBA|0 Comments

May 19, 1994

May 19, 1994 The overriding reason behind a team’s decision to raise ticket prices is simple: It’s because it can. No team with even a mildly involved owner will raise ticket prices unless there is ample evidence that the market will accept it. Fans never greet the higher prices with glee, but if season ticket holders bear it with a growl of resignation, the team will cash in. Celtics fans likely growled, but few walked away. Celtics owner Paul Gaston, one year after taking control of the team upon the death of his father, Don Gaston, had reportedly prompted discussions ...

May 20, 2024|Categories: Boston Garden, Celtics, History, NBA|0 Comments

Coming of age

Tatum sparking the C's from inside the arc There’s a temptation to begin by hunting-and-pecking “Beyond the win …” Even that three-word prologue is ridiculous. Winning is what matters. Not to go full-Vince Lombardi here, but for the masses is there a greater reward than seeing their team win? There have been times when Jayson Tatum didn’t seem fully focused on that bottom line. Which isn’t to say Tatum has ever betrayed a sense of not caring. But his easy-going nature has surfaced at the worst possible times. It didn’t Monday night. The Celtics may not have a 3-1 lead ...

May 15, 2024|Categories: Boston Garden, Celtics, Jayson Tatum, NBA|0 Comments

May 14, 1974

May 14, 1974 With an off day in the Stanley Cup finals, Bruins coach Bep Guidolin’s future offered plenty of fuel for the rumor mills. Guidolin, who replaced Tom Johnson as the Bruins head coach after 26 games in the 1972-73 season, was rumored to be headed to Washington to take the reins of the expansion Capitals. Longtime Bruins player, coach and executive Milt Schmidt had already gone to Washington to serve as general manager. He chose to coach another expansion, the Kansas City Scouts, who are certainly in the running as the most forgettable (and quickly forgotten) club in ...

May 14, 2024|Categories: Boston Garden, Bruins, History|0 Comments

May 7, 1979

May 7, 1979 Don Cherry was more than a snappy dresser. He spoke often, and brashly. He carried a big rhetorical stick but he wasn’t about to be intimidated by the wooden variety. So no one was particularly surprised when he proclaimed, despite the Montreal Canadiens holding a 3-2 lead in their Stanley Cup semifinal series, that there would be a Game 7. Beyond Game 6 being at Garden, Cherry that the only reason the Bruins were behind in the series was that the Habs played their best game and the B’s played their worst in a 5-2 blowout in ...

May 7, 2024|Categories: Boston Garden, Bruins, History, NHL|0 Comments
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