Well, hopefully at least we won’t be hearing all day long on WEEI how Kevin Garnett doesn’t want the ball late in games…we’ll hear a lot about how the Celtics were lucky to win despite the struggles of LeBron James, but probably not much about how the Celtics managed to get a win despite getting only four points from Paul Pierce and none from Ray Allen. WEEI has been brutal on the Celtics this week, and it’s likely to continue.
Marc J. Spears has Garnett comparing last night’s game to a heavyweight fight. Mark Murphy has the Celtics running the house at LeBron James in an effort to contain the Cavs star. Scott Souza has the Celtics forcing James into a nightmarish game of 2-for-18 shooting night with 10 turnovers. Bill Doyle notes that despite that accomplishment, last night was anything but an easy win for the Celtics. Tim Weisberg has the Celtics executing a revolt on The King last night. Jeff Howe has a couple of popular theories going by the boards last night.
Kevin Henkin of the BSMW Full Court Press was at the game in the stands, and offers his thoughts from the night.
Bob Ryan says that the Garden will need a fumigator after this one. He adds, “No one actually won this game. Someone had to not lose it.” Steve Bulpett adds that we should all hope never to see a sequel to this horror show last night. Lenny Megliola is still trying to make sense of this one. Mike Fine says that it was an ugly night to be sure, but the Celtics will take this one.
Tony Massarotti examines the huge effort from Kevin Garnett last night, and adds that now the Cavs need to find someone to try and stop the Big Ticket. Peter May says that aggressiveness served Garnett well last night, especially down the stretch. Massarotti has KG finishing third in the MVP vote which was officially revealed yesterday.
Christopher L. Gasper has veterans James Posey and Sam Cassell coming up big down the stretch for the Celtics. Dan Ventura has Cassell showing his stuff by scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Celtics to the win. Bill Burt has Cassell doing what he does best…just making shots. Howe has more on the playoff proven Cassell. Robert Lee has Rajon Rondo getting off to a strong start last night for the Celtics. May has Doc Rivers getting the monkey off his back by finally winning a first round playoff series.
Spears’ notebook has Garnett coming in third in the MVP voting, behind the winner, Kobe Bryant and the runner-up, Chris Paul. Murphy’s notebook has Pierce taking satisfaction in the win despite his own personal struggles offensively last night. Kevin McNamara’s notebook examines the Celtics defensive strategy on James. Doyle’s notebook has Delonte West fitting in nicely with the Cavs. In Burt’s notebook, he eloquently tells us that James “really stunk” last night. Jim Fenton’s notebook has KG carrying the Celtics to the win last night.
Dan Shaughnessy manages to compare LeBron to both Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain in separate passages of his column today on the struggles of the Cavs superstar last night. Jennifer Toland has LeBron missing in action last night, thanks to the Celtics defense.
Michael Vega has Zydrunas Ilgauskas coming up big for the Cavs last night with 22 points. Bulpett has a look at Wally Szczerbiak, who encouraged Danny Ainge to go after Garnett, and has nothing but good things to say about his time with the Celtics. Ventura similarly checks in with Delonte West about his time with Boston. Lee says that West might prove to be a hidden gem for the Cavs.
Vega’s notebook has a look at the adjustments Szczerbiak and West have made since joining the Cavs, and what returning to the Garden last night was like for them.
For the second straight day my time is short this morning. The Red Sox shut out the Tigers last night 5-0 behind Tim Wakefield. Check the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
There are a few leftover Patriots stories out there from rookie minicamp. Check them out at PatriotsLinks.com.