This series ain’t over yet

(Bruce is on vacation this week. Fill-in links by Bryan: [email protected])

Think Paul Pierce will read his local newspaper or tune in to sportsradio today?

As you might expect, there is no shortage of analysis–and outrage–from last night’s memorable Game 6 in the local media. Plenty of Celtics links are on tap here

The Celtics escaped from Indiana last night with a memorable 92-89 overtime victory (box score) at Conseco Fieldhouse, forcing a Game 7 at the Fleet tomorrow night. It will be the first Game 7 for the Celtics in Boston since the Larry Bird days.

John Thompson said on the TNT broadcast last night that the FCC limited the vocabulary he could use to best describe what happened in the closing seconds of regulation, when Pierce was hit with his second technical – and therefore an ejection as well – for retaliating against Jamaal Tinsley after receiving a hard foul. No. 34 also chose to leave the floor in disgrace, taking off his shirt and waving it around to the Indiana fans.

Bob Ryan writes:

We had enough crazy stuff go on in Games 1-5, what with the blowouts and the responses and road victories and all, but last night we entered a hoop twilight zone in a game that featured the single most unforgivable, untimely, stupid, and flat-out selfish on-court act in the history of the Celtics.

Howard Bryant also weighs in on Pierce – the online headline is “Pierce out of his mind: But he gets shot at redemption” – but you’ll have to be a paid subscriber to read his column.

David Scott looks at the Celtics TV postgame coverage and Pierce talk in today’s edition of Scott’s Shots, and BSMW’s Full Court Press also breaks down Game 6.

On WEEI this morning, John Dennis and Jon Meterparel took the Pierce’s-act-was-inexcusable side; Gerry Callahan went a bit easier, pumped up from “the most amazing game [he's] seen [the Celtics] win in years.”

Moving away from Pierce, Mark Murphy and Peter May write on the up-and-down night of Antoine Walker.

Michael Vega reports on the 11-point, (career-high) 14-rebound night for Al Jefferson, while Steve Bulpett has the news that Big Al was named to the NBA’s all-rookie second team.

A new ace?
Bronson Arroyo (4-0) hasn’t lost a game in 15 starts. Yesterday he didn’t allow a hit until the seventh and picked up the victory in a 2-1 win over the Tigers.

Ian Browne, Chris Snow, Michael Silverman, Joe McDonald, and David Heuschkel file game stories.

Nick Cafardo and Karen Guregian have more on the outing by Arroyo.

The Sox notebooks from Snow, McDonald, and Silverman focus on a day of rest for Manny Ramirez and the finger injury that caused Edgar Renteria to leave yesterday’s game.

Guregian also writes about the game-winning hit delivered by a slumping David Ortiz.

On the steroids front, Don Amore reports that U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays is in favor of the newer, tougher proposal presented by commissioner Bud Selig last week.

On the media
Kentucky Derby coverage leads the columns of Bill Griffith and Jim Baker.

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