Bob Ryan examines the reasons that the Celtics are up 2-0 in the series, and gives us some locks for tonight. Chief among them: The Lakers are going to get the calls tonight. Have we confirmed yet if Bennett Salvatore, Violet Palmer and Eddie F. Rush are doing this game? It would only make sense. Bill Reynolds agrees that everything will go the Lakers way tonight. Bill Burt offers 10 observations about the NBA Finals, including the notion that if Paul Pierce keeps up his level of play, this series may not come back to Boston.

Gerry Callahan has Pierce proving to be the real superstar of the NBA Finals thus far. Marc J. Spears has Pierce hoping for a Hollywood ending to the series. Dan Shaughnessy conducts a séance…or something…with the spirit of Red Auerbach. Lenny Megliola asserts that there are lessons to be learned from the game two comeback from the Lakers. Matt Richardson on the BSMW Full Court Press says that the Celtics are still dangerous. (Like Maverick)

Steve Bulpett says that for the Celtics to be champions, they can’t complain about the 2-3-2 format, they just have to go out there and win. Robert Lee has the Celtics focused on not losing the momentum of the series. Paul Doyle has the Celtics heading West in control of the series thus far. Scott Souza notes that the Celtics set the tone in the first two games and will need to go the same in LA.

The Celtics bench has been a revelation to many in this series. Mark Murphy looks at how this group has made a difference thus far. Jeff Howe has P.J. Brown and Leon Powe providing a spark for the Celtics as well as sharing a bond. Jennifer Toland looks at the formidable task the Celtics have in front of them as they try to win in Los Angeles. Rob Duca says that the Lakers shouldn’t be counted out just yet. Jim Fenton argues that the next Celtics game at the Garden could be next season.

Steve Buckley catches up with Tommy Heinsohn, who hasn’t been able to go on the extended road trips, or even some of the home games this season as he cares for his wife, Helen. Mike Szostak has some old friends on opposite sides of the Lakers/Celtics rivalry.

Julian Benbow has injured Lakers center Andrew Bynum biding his time until next season. Steve Conroy has the Lakers getting ready to rally at home and get back into the series. Shira Springer has the Lakers eager to get back home and back at the Celtics. Rob Bradford has Curt Schilling weighing in on Kobe Bryant.

You saw the feature at halftime of game two on Leon Powe, Phil Jasner in the Philadelphia Daily News has another feature on the Celtics second year forward. Karen Guregian has Patriots backup QB Matt Gutierrez recalling his high school basketball battles with Powe.

Spears’ notebook has the Celtics needing to break through in LA, which has been the Lakers stronghold in the postseason. Fenton’s notebook says that the schedule is just another thing the Celtics have to deal with.

Red Sox

With David Ortiz out, J.D. Drew has certainly picked up his offense, giving the Red Sox more of what they expected when he was signed to his huge contract. Alex Speier says that Drew has been this hot before, but Red Sox fans just have never seen it. Amalie Benjamin has more on the ups and downs of Drew. Joe Haggerty looks at Drew’s perfect swing, which appears locked in right now. Jeff Goldberg says that Drew’s timing at the plate has been perfect. Michael Silverman has more on J.D.’s groove.

Bill Ballou has the Red Sox looking to open up some room in the AL East as they get ready for a series with the Orioles. Tony Lee examines the early success of Justin Masterson. Garry Brown says that Graig Hansen appears to be back on track. Jim Donaldson has more on Hansen pushing his bad habits aside.

Benjamin’s notebook has Theo Epstein digging deep to keep healthy bodies on the roster. Silverman’s notebook has the Red Sox pushing back their start times because of the Celtics games this week.

Patriots

Mike Reiss and Karen Guregian have Ellis Hobbs making progress in his recovery from offseason surgeries, making no promises about training camp however, and no excuses for the Super Bowl.

Old friend Bob Ekstrom has a piece in the Metro about the Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Winchester, where Boyle and agent Brad Blank get players ready for the NFL.

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One thought on “Celtics Head West, Hope To Wrap in LA

  1. I think I may simply stick with this game as long as it’s competitive, and then DVR the second half. If they accomplish a heroic upset, I can watch it all tomorrow morning before work. But Ryan is right: Tonight’s game is practically a guaranteed Lakers win.

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