The Celtics gutted out a 94-90 win on the road in game five last night to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston will have a chance to close out the series and clinch a berth in the NBA Finals tomorrow night in game six at the TD Garden.
Before the game, I was amused by the emphatic predictions of the ESPN Pregame panel:
(I know the video quality isn’t the best, but it was all I could find.)
I love how smug Jon Barry is, and how insulted he seems to even have to make a prediction. Broussard is even more confident about the Heat, and Magic says they’re going to “roll.”
The postgame comments were much, much different. Magic even apologized for doubting the Celtics.
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Some highlights from the coverage:
Just how did Celtics score biggest win of year? – I’m glad the Globe decided to let Bob Ryan handle these front page columns.
Celtics been there, done that – Jackie MacMullan has the Celtics answering the naysayers, including herself.
Celtics continue to thrive as underdogs – A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics enjoying the upsets.
When all looked lost, Rondo was found – Gary Washburn has Rajon Rondo coming up with big plays after struggling much of the night.
Masseuse question goes too far – Steve Buckley isn’t comfortable with the media asking about the situation involving Chris Bosh.
Pierce master of the moment – Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook has the Celtics captain comfortable taking the big shot. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Ray Allen reflecting on his time in Boston, and possibility of it coming to an end.
Huge 7.6 overnight for Game 5 Celts/Heat (up 38%). Games 4 & 5 now 2 best NBA ratings ever on ESPN. 21.5 rating in Miami, 19 in Boston
— Josh Krulewitz (@jksports) June 6, 2012