24 hours later and the amazement at the fourth quarter of last night’s Celtics – Sixers game still hasn’t worn off. The real Bob Ryan just might’ve been taken out of mothballs and propped in front of a keyboard for this game. Stephen A. Smith has a Mea Culpa for Paul Pierce. On FSNE there was an extensive pregame, which included on court chat with Bob Ryan and Jackie MacMullan. During the game, Tommy Heinson wasn’t sure he was going to be able to finish the game because of the referees. Mike managed to convince him to stick it out. Philadelphia did shoot 21 more free throw attempts than the Celtics last night and no one else seems to mention this. It wasn’t spotted in the newspaper stories reviewed here. Comedian Lenny Clarke was on at halftime and in his usual style talked about the old days at the Garden, sneaking in as a youngster and finishing up by yelling that the referees (inhaled deeply). The game was blacked out locally on TNT. ESPNNEWS carried all post game press conferences, as did NBA.comTV. These complete sessions give you an idea of where alot of the material you read in the papers the next day comes. It’s interesting to see the various writers as they ask questions of all varieties. One reporter asked if Paul Pierce was ok, that he seemed a little upset. Pierce simply replied that the game took a lot out of him. Let’s hope he has something left for Sunday. (3:00 NBC)
Oh yeah, also during the last 24 hours, the Red Sox have completed consectutive ninth-inning comebacks including a pinch-hit grand slam by Shea Hillenbrand tonight, over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The grand slam hit off the “C” ring of the catwalk of the Tropicana dome, as pointed out by analyst Jerry Remy. The cameras actually lost track of the ball and it looked as if Tampa left fielder Tyner had the ball lined up for a catch at the warning track when it sudden dropped 20 feet in front of him. It took a moment to figure out what had actually happened.