The Celtics remained undefeated at home during the playoffs with a 96-89 win over the Cavs in the critical game five of the best of seven series.
Mark Murphy has the Celtics finally exploding in the second half last night to take game five. Marc J. Spears has the roller coaster ride continuing for the Celtics in the postseason. Tim Weisberg has Paul Piece coming up clutch in the crunch with his performance last night. Kevin McNamara says that LeBron James threw the fear of God into the Celtics in the first half, yet they failed to panic and went about the business of winning the game. Scott Souza has another happy homecoming for the Celtics at the Garden last night. Bill Doyle has the Celtics getting to within one win of closing out the second round. Jeff Howe has home cooking doing the job for the Celtics.
Kevin Henkin on the BSMW Full Court Press has the Celtics mad libbing their way to a game five victory.
Steve Bulpett says that Rajon Rondo and his performance (20 points, 13 assists) saved the season for the Celtics. Michael Vega has Rondo rising to the occasion in game 5. Bill Burt has the battle at point guard taking center stage in game 5. Robert Lee has Rondo having a career night while playing the entire second half. Jeff Jacobs also focuses on Rondo, who got the attention of LeBron last night. Mike Fine has back-to-back three by Rondo giving the Celtics a spark.
Dan Shaughnessy continues his streak of taking a jab at the Patriots in every single thing that he writes. Bill Reynolds has the Celtics once again coming up big at home, where they’ve been so tough in the postseason. Lenny Megliola has the Celtics finally getting things turned on last night. Julian Benbow has the Celtics passing the test of getting good ball movement on the offensive end. Jeff Horrigan has Glen “Big Baby” Davis providing a big lift off the bench for the Celtics in the second half. Lee has Ray Allen leaning on his teammates once again last night.
Horrigan has Delonte West battling an eye infection, while still playing strong. Dan Ventura has LeBron James finally breaking out last night, but preferring that his team won. Monique Walker has LeBron held down in the third quarter as the Celtics made their run. Jennifer Toland notes that big numbers didn’t add up to a win for LeBron. Howe says LeBron knows that the playoffs are a different game.
Ventura reports that the pyrotechnics shows before the games will continue at the Garden. I’m not sure why. All they do is annoy the audience at home which has to watch on a smoke-filled screen for much of the first half.
Murphy’s notebook has Kevin Garnett showing the needed aggressiveness in this one. Spears’ notebook has Ainge enjoying his honor, but focusing on the job still in progress. Burt’s notebook has Garnett answering the challenge in a big way. McNamara’s notebook has more on Garnett bouncing back after a quiet game 4. Doyle’s notebook has more on the honor for Ainge.
The Red Sox are in a slump, folks. They dropped another in Baltimore, this time on a seventh inning grand slam from old friend Jay Payton off Hideki Okajima in the 6-3 Orioles win.
Gordon Edes has the weary Sox finally returning home after a trip which starting with such promise. Michael Silverman has the Sox finishing off their longest road trip of the season in gruesome fashion. Steven Krasner has the Sox looking forward to today’s day off. Jeff Goldberg has the Sox blowing a 3-0 lead for the third day in a row. Bill Ballou says that the end of this road trip couldn’t have been much worse.
Nick Cafardo looks at the struggles of Okajima this year when coming in with runners on. Silverman has more Manny Ramirez hijinks in the outfield, this one with a happy ending all around. Krasner has a quick look at Jonathan Van Every who got called up yesterday to play centerfield.
Edes’ notebook has Clay Buchholz going to the DL so that the Sox can get an outfielder for the game yesterday. Silverman’s notebook has more on the roster move. Krasner’s notebook has more on the latest Manny moment in the outfield. Goldberg’s notebook also focuses on the incident. Ballou’s notebook looks at a crowded trainer’s room for the Sox.
I’ll have another post on this subject this morning, including some more on the fact that Tony Massarotti is simply a bitter, bitter, hateful, angry little man.
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