I'm going to admit a little something here.
I had to listen to the last two excruciating minutes (which took about 30 minutes of actual time to play) in my car. And at the end, when I heard "… and the Celtics are now just one win away… from the NBA finals"… I got a little tingle.
In fact… I just got one again typing that.
I would like to stress that this is no guarantee. It's a 7 game series… not a 5 game series. If the Celtics don't go get it done in Detroit tomorrow… then we have to play yet another Game 7… and I just don't want to do that. So 1 win away give me a tingle of anticipation… a tingle of hope… but it can quickly turn into doom and despair. That's the thing with situations like this. The anticipation magnifies everything.
What I hope is that the Celtics understand this too… and that NOT making the finals would be a horrible disappointment. Gentlemen… I say we MUST win Game 6. The promos are running right now: the Finals start Tuesday. We can either sit here in that "play every other day" cycle that is slowly killing this team… or we can suck it up and win Game 6… and enjoy some rest.
– edit: Game 1 of the Finals is Thursday… but I think my point still stands: The Celtics need all the rest they can get.
Herald: Celts hang on | Perk makes it Big 4 | KG steps up in big game | Ray finds stroke at right time | Hamilton fires for Pistons | Rivers puts Pistons on line at the end | T'd Wallace rips refs | Tony Allen on the shelf | Celtics almost turned into choke artists | Pistons in trouble because of Perk | Ratliff makes best of opportunity | Globe: Leading men | Ryan: Allen acting like himself | Finally, another opportunity | Perk's biggest contribution yet | KG made it look routine | Maxiell valuable energy source | Tony Allen hurt in pickup game | Video: Postgame reaction | Souza: Sweating out a win | Post-deadline thoughts | Megliola: Electric, clutch victory | Camerato: Hamilton strains elbow in loss | SI: Ray Allen the turning point | ESPN: C's close.. but not championship ready