I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and
are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose
of 'enemy chatter' from Orlando.
in the air that smells more rancid than curdled clam chowder.
It is the civic scent of uncertainty; the atmosphere of asphyxiation;
the helpless feeling, that any minute, the local sports team might start
and gagging like a Boston terrier with a splintered pork chop bone
lodged in its throat.
Celtics lead the Orlando
Magic 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals and the general
consensus is this series is over. Of course, that's what the Boston
Bruins thought a couple of weeks ago when they were up 3-0 on the Philadelphia
Flyers in the Stanley Cup playoffs and proceeded to pull off the
biggest choke job we've seen in sports since Latrell
Sprewell tried to strangle P.J. Carlesimo.
The Sentinel's Mike Bianchi is one helluva writer. I've really enjoyed reading his stuff during this series.
But… to compare the Celtics to the Bruins is the biggest stretch imaginable. My 5-year old and his gang of imaginary friends (Kiki and Jackson) couldn't dream up something so ridiculous.
The Celtics are a team with championship pedigree, a veteran team with physical and mental toughness. The Bruins had none of those qualities.
Bianchi has balls to throw around words like 'choke' and 'gag' after watching Vince Carter and J.J. Redick perform both tasks so admirably in the closing moments of Game 2.