The Celtics got the job done on the road last night, closing out the Detroit Pistons 89-81 in Auburn Hills Michigan. They now are in the NBA finals, where they will play their great rivals of the 1960′s and 1980′s, the Los Angeles Lakers.
I got chills just writing that.
In the early returns, I can already tell that the focus on this series from a national perspective is going to be much more on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers rather than on the Celtics. I think I’m ok with that. Just keep Bennett Salvatore away from the series, please.
Don’t believe me on the Lakers focus? Check out what the ESPN Experts are predicting:
Over on the BSMW Full Court Press, Matt Richardson has a look back at last night.
Though Bill Simmons doesn’t think the Celtics have a chance against the Lakers (HAS to be a reverse jinx attempt), the series should feature a less physical style of play than the six games Boston just went through with the Pistons. Ignoring Shaughnessy’s front page story in the Globe, I went to Bob Ryan first this morning. Steve Bulpett looks at Paul Pierce getting his chance to write his own chapter in Celtics championship history.
Globe columnist Kevin Cullen has an online-only piece on Boston.com about the Celtics getting back to the finals, and takes a look back at how the Celtics were the most progressive team in the 1960′s with regards to race.
Get the rest of your Celtics fix at CelticsLinks.com.
The Red Sox won in extra innings in Baltimore last night, check the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.