The Boston Celtics did not finish off the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games like I hoped. Yes, they squandered some opportunities… but they were really trying to win that game… and they didn't. The Lakers Kobe Bryant came out ridiculously hot… and the C's could never recover. I'm OK with that. I would have been pissed if they mailed it in. The effort was there, however… even if the execution was not.
So its looking good for my prediction of Celtics in 6… but I'd like to thank the Lakers fans who emailed me personally to call me stupid for thinking the C's could end it in 5. As a thank you, I'd like to extend my personal invitation to all of you tune in tomorrow night and here what a real crowd sounds like. You fake-show crowds should be embarrassed for sitting on your hands whenever the Celtics make a run.
Celtics fans… the call has been issued. The Celtics are banged up. Perk might not play tomorrow. Both teams are going to face jet lag. But one team will get its juice from you. Its time to end this charade tomorrow night. Rajon Rondo says… the team needs you more than ever.
I have confidence in my team, and I'm sure we will bounce back! I'm going to need to see and hear all the fans on Tuesday in the Garden. Like KG says, "…keep that mother#*%!@$ rocking."
You heard the man. By the way, according to TrueHoop, Ray Allen should be with the team tomorrow. I know the word is his daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. There's still no official word on what happened, though. No matter what, we all hope she feels well very soon. Our thoughts are with Ray and his family.
I'd like to thank a few of our readers for showing up at Boston Beer Works last night. It was great meeting "Green 4 Life" and his crew… even though they insulted me 2 minutes after we met by comparing me to the annoying guy in the GMC Denali ads:
Thanks guys. Next time, just walk in to the bar and kick me in the nuts.
To be fair, I think I made 3 of those faces… and I was rubbing my head like that through the whole 3rd quarter. At least they made up for it by buying me beer. And let's never forget one simple fact about me: I can be bought… and usually for a lot less than you think.
Herald: C's can't close it out | C's can't afford to go to brink | Coaching breakdown: Phil's full of it | Garbage time for Garnett | KG's "ticket" doesn't admit 1 | Inactives stick with Celtics | Kobe: Lakers' man of steal | Pierce on a mission | Odds easily favor Celtics | Globe: LA Dodgers | Game 5 photos | No party on the coast | It was there for the taking | Bryant able to finish | Pierce's effort goes unrewarded | Rivers points out Rondo's problems | Cassell ready to point the way | Allen tends to family matter | C's fans cling to confidence | Souza: No Hollywood ending | Coming home | Camerato: Lakers with one last gasp | SI: Shedding the "soft" tag | Kobe keying on balance | Game 5 grades | ESPN: Bryant got help from his friends | Lakers ready for history?