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It was another amazing weekend in Boston sports, as the Bruins won a thriller at the Garden on Saturday night to force a deciding game seven tonight, the Celtics romped in their first playoff game at the Garden in over one thousand days, and the Red Sox took three from the Rangers over at Fenway, coming up with a couple of exciting comebacks along the way.
It spills over to today, as the Boston Marathon, Red Sox/Rangers over at Fenway, and the Bruins/Canadiens game seven in Montreal are all on the schedule.
Marc J. Spears has the Celtics taking care of business with their 104-81 game one rout of the Atlanta Hawks. Jessica Camerato has a game blog from last night’s action at the Garden. Mark Murphy says that everything the Celtics did worked like German engineering last night. Kevin McNamara says that the Celtics were all business in their game one win over the Hawks. Scott Souza has the Celtics determined to keep their mantra of never being satisfied going throughout the postseason. David Willis has the Celtics manhandling the young Hawks in the game one victory. Jim Fenton has the Celtics getting their playoff run off to the right start. Jeff Howe has the Celtics using an all-around effort to clip the Hawks wings in game one.
Kevin Henkin on the BSMW Full Court Press offers some stream-of-consciousness observations while attending the game last night.
Peter May has the Celtics using familiar methods and tools to achieve victory last night in game one. Tony Massarotti says that clearly, the NBA playoffs are back in Boston. Lenny Megliola says that last night went as expected for a team with championship hopes. Steve Bulpett has several of the Celtics weighing in on the first game of the San Antonio-Phoenix series, a game which they say really helped put them in the mood for playoff basketball.
Bob Ryan has Rajon Rondo taking control of the situation in his first NBA playoff game. Steve Bulpett says that Rondo was unflappable in his matchup with playoff vet Mike Bibby. Tim Weisberg says that Rondo sure didn’t look like a playoff rookie last night.
Bob Ryan has former members of the Hawks still unable to get over that game seven loss twenty years ago to the Celtics. A win in that game for the Hawks would’ve really established pro basketball in Atlanta, something that still hasn’t happened to this day. Jennifer Toland checks in with former Hawk (and Celtics short-timer) Dominique Wilkins, who reminisced about those 1980’s matchups between the teams.
Monique Walker has the Hawks vowing to bounce back in game two on Wednesday night. Dan Ventura has the Hawks insisting that they aren’t done after the game one rout. Ventura has former Celtic Joe Johnson saying that he’s not out for redemption in this series.
Spears’ notebook has a couple of Doc Rivers’ assistant coaches being courted for heading coaching jobs across the league. Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics drawing energy from the pumped-up crowd at TD Banknorth Garden. McNamara’s notebook has the Hawks youngsters getting some advice from the veteran Bibby and some schooling from the veteran Celtics. Bill Doyle’s notebook has the Celtics learning from the Bruins as to what damage an eight seed can do to a top seed in the postseason. Willis’ notebook has old friends Rivers and Wilkins on opposite sides for this series. Fenton’s notebook has more from Wilkins on Rivers and the Celtics.
Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox erasing a five run deficit to defeat the Rangers 6-5 at Fenway Park yesterday afternoon. Gordon Edes has the Sox coming back to win even without the red-hot Manny Ramirez, giving the rest of the team a boost of confidence. Joe McDonald has Dustin Pedroia coming to the Sox rescue with a keep hit on what was supposed to be his off day. Jeff Goldberg recaps another rally for the comeback kids. Ron Chimelis has the Sox walking their way to this win. Bill Ballou has the Sox winning another game they shouldn’t have. Bob Stern has David Ortiz storming around the bases for the Red Sox victory. Mike Petraglia also recaps the action from Fenway.
Nick Cafardo has Jed Lowrie coming up with another big hit, and teaming with Jacoby Ellsbury to form an impressive rookie duo for the Sox. Buckley has Lowrie taking advantage of his call up and enjoying it while he can up here in Boston. Alex Speier says that Lowrie’s time in the big leagues might be short this time around. Jon Couture has Lowrie making the most of his chance with the Red Sox.
Jim Donaldson has the Red Sox showing tenacity in their recent comebacks. Steve Buckley has David Ortiz helping the Red Sox with his baserunning – twice – yesterday.Steven Krasner notes that the Rangers were unable to take advantage of Ramirez’s ejection. Joe Haggerty looks ahead to brunch at Fenway today. ESPN will be teaming up with Robert Redford to produce a film on Jackie Robinson, a project that is slated for cinematical release.
Horrigan’s notebook has Manny getting an early exit after arguing a strike call with the umpire. In Edes’ notebook, he has Tim Wakefield being extremely efficient with his pitches, throwing strikes and only using 86 pitches in eight innings. McDonald’s notebook has teammates picking up the slack after Manny was tossed out. Goldberg’s notebook has Big Papi using his legs to help beat the Rangers. Chimelis’ notebook has Wakefield’s location nearly perfect in this one. Ballou’s notebook has Terry Francona’s plan to give guys a day off being foiled once again. Stern’s notebook has more on Manny’s ejection.
It’s all on the line tonight in Montreal as the eighth seeded Bruins attempt to complete their series comeback against the top seeded Montreal Canadiens.
I half expected to see a Kevin Paul Dupont column today demanding the Zdeno Chara be stripped of his captaincy, but there’s a lot that is different about this game seven with Montreal from the last time these teams were in this situation, four years ago.
Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins are already battle tested for this situation, having been playing elimination games for a month so far. Steve Conroy has the Bruins hoping to complete the biggest comeback in their 84 year history tonight, and hand the Canadiens the biggest series choke of their 99 year history. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins acting as if they haven’t accomplished anything just yet. Bud Barth has the B’s one win from a historic upset. Mike Loftus has the Bruins and Habs each going for the knockout tonight.
Stephen Harris says that both teams have gained respect in this series. Harris also says that solid effort is what has brought the Bruins this far. Mike McMahon looks at the Bruins franchise facing a crossroads tonight in Montreal. Mick Colageo says that win or lose tonight, the Bruins are back in business. Tony Lee also looks ahead to tonight.
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