It brought back the good old Boston "Beat L.A." chants of the 1980s. Never mind 2008 or 2010. The aged warriors get a sendoff for the ages. We own that, as much as we're owned by the one clown who decided to nail LeBron with a beverage after Game 6 against the Miami Heat. It couldn't have been Paul Pierce since he couldn't hit anything all night:
Lesson No. 4 For Sports Fans: "You don't beer a guy who just dropped 45 points on you in an elimination game. Even if he's LeBron James."
After acknowledging that single Masshole and taking responsibility for him, it's time to laud those who stuck around for that massive display of class. What happened at the Garden after Game 6 was spectacular. It was "good job, good effort" on a much larger and all-grown-up scale. It was also a nice emotional insurance policy just in case this was the last Garden appearance for all four of The Stones.
We'll know late Saturday night whether "Let's Go, Celtics" also means it's time for the Celtics Nation to begin a new epoch.
More pressing, it was definitely an early wake-up call for Game 7. The Celtics need to move early and often Saturday night. The "energy crisis" that kept them paralyzed while James wrecked the place cannot return for 48 seconds, never mind 48 minutes. "Pack for a Week" was written on the Celtics whiteboard and Doc Rivers said the team was bringing suits for Tuesday and Thursday as well as Saturday. The Celtics are thus prepared for a trip to Oklahoma City or week of heavy R&R on the South Beach club scene. We can only hope John Henry's pal and business partner LeBron will have plenty of free time on his hands and can throw out the first pitch in the opener when the Red Sox come to Miami on Monday.
Pierce, in the words of Steve McCloskey, picked the wrong time to give up scoring Thursday. Missing 14 of his 18 shots. He was an equal-opportunity offender, clanging three-pointers and flailing on layups. Not sure who had a worse Thursday - Chad Ochocinco, Curt Schilling or Pierce? Speaking of Ocho, there was no reason for him to turn in his playbook since he never bothered to pick it up in the first place.
The Celtics were doomed in Game 6 once Clay Buchholz finished his 125-pitch, complete-game shutout sometime in the second half as Boston hit its one athletic-miracle-per-night limit.
While LeBron gave his haters and everyone else a night to remember, Game 6 was a night to forget for Celtics fans, who were the only ones who actually showed up to perform. The Celtics could have used KJ and Hondo. And blaming Donald Sterns and his refs won't work if Boston loses Game 7 - even if Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo foul out in first quarter. Officiating in the NBA is joke at times, but it will be shallow excuse no matter what happens Saturday in South Beach. If the Celtics lose on a blown call, they have only themselves to blame for allowing this series to return to Miami when they had a shot to close it out at home.
This blog picked the Celtics in 7 before the series began. At least I'll be half right. Whether I'm a genius depends on how much Green means "go" Saturday night.
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