The Celtics restored order to the universe last night by spanking the upstart Hawks 110-85 at Boston Garden. The Celtics now lead the best of seven series three games to two, and will get a chance to close out the first round on Friday night in Atlanta.
Marc J. Spears has the Celtics getting back to their defensive ways last night. Mark Murphy has the Celtics getting back on track and taking control of the series once again. Kevin McNamara has the Celtics once again taking off at home and shooting down the Hawks. Scott Souza has the Celtics getting back on track with their blowout win over the Hawks last night. Tim Weisberg has the Celtics taking total control of this one, from start to finish. Bill Doyle says that after last night, it’s hard to believe that the Celtics could lose two to the Hawks as they did in games three and four. Jeff Howe has the Celtics getting off the milk carton and back onto the floor last night. Jessica Camerato had a live blog for HoopsWorld last night.
On the BSMW Full Court Press, Kevin Henkin observes that it’s almost as it those two games in Atlanta never happened.
Steve Bulpett says that the formula for last night was simple – the Celtics best players had their best games of the series. Bill Reynolds says that last night was a prime example of why teams fight so hard for home court advantage in the playoffs. Jeff Jacobs has the Celtics looking quite settled in at home. Dan Shaughnessy can’t believe that things have gotten to this point in the series, thinks that “it’s a little pathetic the Hub has to get all hysterical about beating the Hawks” and steals Gerry Callahan’s line that the Celtics “would go down as the biggest chokers in Hub history” if they lost this series. In other words, Dan is in top form this morning. Lenny Megliola has the Celtics avoiding shame with their win last night.
Peter May says that the Celtics bench was the key to the win last night, and will be key again if they hope to close out the series tomorrow night. Tony Massarotti has Leon Powe as one of those key contributors last night as the Celtics forward was a “beast” off the bench for Boston. Steve Buckley says that Paul Pierce’s signals last night were very easy to read. Robert Lee has a fired-up Pierce taking out his frustrations on the Hawks. Bill Burt has the Celtics letting their play do the talking last night. Howe has Rajon Rondo‘s film study paying off.
Julian Benbow and Jennifer Toland have Al Horford proudly displaying his signed David Ortiz jersey in his locker, and looks at how the rookie center never hit a wall during the course of the long season. Massarotti has more on Horford’s new friendship with Big Papi. Benbow also has the Hawks old habits coming back to haunt them last night. Dan Ventura has Joe Johnson still talking about how the Celtics don’t have more talent than the Hawks and that his club is comfortable with their chances in this series. Bulpett has Dominique Wilkins feeling that the Celtics may have taken the Hawks lightly in this series.
May looks at how NBA coaching is not a career filled with job security, as Avery Johnson can attest to.
Buckley has Pierce’s statement that his hand gesture was “misinterpreted” as a gang sign. The Inside Track has a photo of Mayor Tom Menino making the same gesture a few years back. Lee has more on Pierce’s statement about the gesture. Jim Fenton also has Pierce’s explanation of things. Burt also weighs in on the gesture controversy, but says that Pierce deserves a pass. Why?
Pierce deserves a pass because in his 10 years in Boston, win or lose, he has never avoided the microphones and cameras.
Really? That’s why Pierce deserves a pass? Not because of his work with kids, or in the community, but because he talks to the media? I realize that that is why many athletes get a pass for a lot of things, but you don’t usually see a media member admit openly that they’ll go easier on someone simply because he makes their job easier and talks to the press.
Spears’ notebook has more on the statement from Paul Pierce regarding the hand gesture he was fined for. Murphy’s notebook has Sam Cassell getting a chance to shine last night. The Projo notebook has a look at why neither team has been able to win a road game in this series. Doyle’s notebook has more on the gesture. Fenton’s notebook takes another look at the performance of the bench last night for Boston.
The Red Sox once again pulled out a bottom of the ninth walk-off win at Fenway, this time with a 2-1 score. Get all the stories and coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
Tom Dalton reports on Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s appearance and speech at Salem State College last night.
David Heuschkel has Scott Pioli making an appearance at Central Connecticut State University yesterday.
Christopher L. Gasper has a feature on Patriots first round pick Jerod Mayo.
Karen Guregian has Charley Casserly and Gil Brandt sizing up the AFC East after the draft.