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Champs again

Celtics Banner No. 18 a group effor Apparently the Boston Celtics do come with an on-off switch. Sorry; please excuse the disrespect. Make that the World Champion Boston Celtics. After an historically lopsided loss in Game 4, the Celtics flipped the switch for Game 5 at the Garden. The Mavericks were toast before the opening tip. Dallas wore the look of a little brother who suddenly realizes big brother has no patience for any more nonsense. Luka Doncic? Done. Kyrie Irving? Done. Jason Kidd and the rest of his starry-eyed crew? Done and done. The 2023-24 Celtics made it their ...

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

The pressure is off

Celtics' crown is being fitted That the Celtics have drained the mystery from the NBA Finals but they haven’t diminished the entertainment value - at least not for folks in these parts. Teeth grinding, sitting in a lucky chair or wearing green underwear is no longer necessary. The Celtics are the NBA Champion-elect. The closing will be Friday in Dallas or Monday at the Garden. Sit back, relax and enjoy. There will be a storyline or two at play. There is the ongoing debate as who is more valuable: Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum? In this series, it has been ...

On to Dallas

Like it or not, Celtics take charge Indignation over an uncalled foul in the last minute of the Celtics’ Game 2 win has shook the NBA to its cash-filled soul. Well, that may be helium-fueled hyperbole.  After all, anyone who watches the NBA even casually understands that the quality of the league’s officiating crew is, shall we say, competency challenged. Inconsistency is the refs’ greatest flaw. A foul one minute becomes great defense in another. Establishing a standard is the most important trait for all officials in all sports. An umpire working behind the plate calls pitches on the ...

June 10, 2024|Categories: Celtics, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Kyrie Irving, NBA|0 Comments

June 9, 1949

June 9, 1949 Ah, there really was a time when baseball was the National Pastime. Anyone arguing the point could get a swat on the noggin with a rolled-up newspaper. This Thursday morning edition of the Boston Globe featured three baseball stories: A 15-inning, 8-7 win for the Boston Braves over the Cincinnati Reds. A Red Sox loss to the St. Louis Browns. An NBA player working out at Braves Field who says he yearns for a big-league career because there is so much more money in baseball. Starting from the bottom: The NBA was in its infancy, so Ralph ...

June 9, 2024|Categories: History, MLB, NBA, Red Sox|0 Comments

One win in the books

Celtics take charge in Game 1 What did we learn in Game 1 of the NBA Finals? The time outs are too damned long. ABC must be making the gazillion dollars Donald Trump will end up owing all those people in New York, Georgia and parts unknown. The Celtics look like they have turned an important corner. They abandoned their maddening standard operating procedure.  All season they worked with - or around - a beacon of imperfection: build a large lead in the first half, squander it in an amazing display of porous defense, indifferent rebounding and sloppy offense.  Miraculously, ...

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