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Sixers land with a thud

Celtics defense clamps down In the end, defense prevailed. Not the show-time offensive displays, though there were some. Jayson Tatum’s 51 points … well, when your best player scores 51 that is going to have at least an itsy, bitsy impact on the outcome. But even while maintaining the hot hand he discovered at the end of Game 6, Tatum went on the attack when the shocked and awed 76ers had the ball. And his 51 points relieved his teammates of scoring responsibilities. They could employ their energies to swarm the Sixers defensively. The Celtics’ played the ...

Advantage, Celtics

Celtics prove themselves ... again ABC now needs to trash its annoying graphic that tells us that the Golden State Warriors have a trillion games of NBA Finals experience and the new-born Boston Celtics have zero. Before and during Game 1 on Thursday night that was a major topic of conversation. Sports books were taking three times the action on Golden State as they did on the Celtics. Steph Curry came out in the first quarter and put up 21 points. The only way Curry could be stopped involved a personal foul for tackling. Somehow, the upstarts ...

June 3, 2022|Categories: Celtics|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

What a Garden party

Celtics defense shuts down Miami in Game 4 The Miami Heat shot the ball so poorly Monday night even Stephen A. Smith was flustered. Well, granted, Stephen A. getting flustered is not exactly a challenging task. But at halftime the Celtics led Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals 57-33, thanks to a swarming defense that so pestered the Heat that Miami’s first field goal came with 3:22 left in the first quarter. Victor Oladipo’s 3-pointer cut the Celtics’ lead to 18-4. For the night, Miami hit 30 of 90 shots. “They couldn’t hit the back side ...

Heat isn’t bothering Boston

Celtics poised to take command in Game 3 Now that we’ve established that the Celtics are a much better team with Marcus Smart and Al Horford than without them, we’ll see how much better than the Miami Heat are with Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker. Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said that the pair would warmup before Saturday night’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Garden. If they feel good enough to play, Spoelstra says, they will. There are a couple major differences in these rescue brigades. Lowry is 36, Tucker is 37. Lowry, hobbled ...

Old pro leads the charge

Boston’s biggest series of the season began with a clank Monday afternoon In these eyes, before Monday night Giannis Antetokounmpo never looked like anything beyond a supremely talented basketball player. Now he looks like a supremely talented, whiny, petulant basketball-playing punk. Sorry for the hyperbole. The leash snapped on my inner Johnny Most. And forgive that use of his last name. Those who worship at his altar typically refer to him as simply Giannis. That could be because his last name is difficult to pronounce and to spell. Or it could be that his sheer magnitude of ...

Trades are a steal or a dud

Trades are a steal or a dud Trades are typically ranked as follows: A steal. A dud. An act of stupidity that requires immediate damnation for the fool who made it. Those of us of certain vintage often use the Spark Lyle-for-Danny Cater trade the standard for general managing stupidity. Lyle helped the Yankees win three American League pennants and two World Series. Cater’s Red Sox career is shrouded in irrelevancy. In the digital age, with anyone capable of hunting and pecking across a trillion or so social media vehicles, there are more damned fools out there ...

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