The Celtics took it to the rested Pistons last night, scoring an 88-79 win in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Mark Murphy notes that the Celtics might just want to keep this play-every-other-day rhythm going. Marc J. Spears has Kevin Garnett continuing his success against the Pistons this season. Kevin McNamara has the Pistons ready to bounce back in game two following the Celtics win last night. Paul Doyle says fatigue was not a problem for the Celtics last night. Scott Souza has the Celtics delivering at home once again last night. Bill Doyle has the home court advantage paying off for the Celtics once again. Bill Burt has the Celtics taking advantage of an ailing Chauncey Billups last night. Mike Fine has the Celtics back in the flow at home. Jeff Howe has Garnett and Pierce leading the way in this one.
Kevin Henkin on the BSMW Full Court Press has his own unique look at the game one victory for the Celtics.
Bob Ryan says that this series is going to be a grind each and every game. Bill Reynolds agrees that the Pistons remain tough after all of these years. Tim Weisberg notes that if you’re a fan of grind-it-out basketball, this will be the series for you. Steve Bulpett has more on Garnett leading the way for the Celtics last night. Robert Lee has a determined Garnett proving to be too much for Detroit last night. Lenny Megliola says the big three consisted of Garnett, Pierce and Rondo last night.
Dan Shaughnessy examines the continued struggles of Ray Allen, who had nine points last night. One note Dan, it’s Allen’s stepfather, not his father-in-law, who was targeted in the murder plot. Tony “New England fans are a bunch of yahoos, hero worshipers and gutless suck-ups” Massarotti has Rajon Rondo passing his first test of the Detroit series with his strong performance last night. Julian Benbow has Rondo getting the better of his matchup with Billups last night, and choosing not to talk about it afterwards. Jeff Jacobs looks at lousy lottery luck turning into good fortune for the Celtics. Steve Buckley has the Celtics coming out sharp while the Pistons appeared to be running him mud. Monique Walker agrees that the Celtics were the ones looking fresh last night. Doyle notes that Allen was still a little off last night. Jessica Camerato has Pierce picking up on his game seven performance.
Dan Ventura has the Pistons playing down the rust excuse. Bulpett has Chauncey Billups looking back at his brief stay in Boston. Paul Jarvey has Billups getting back into the lineup last night after missing games with a hamstring injury. Barbara Matson has Billups looking a little out of sync in this one. Lee says Billups will still be a stern test for Rondo in this series. Massarotti looks at the job Joe Dumars has done in building the Pistons.
Murphy’s notebook has Pierce following up his game seven masterpiece with another strong effort in game one. Spears’ notebook has PJ Brown talking about the Hornets being eliminated Monday night. McNamara’s notebook has Rondo winning the game one matchup with Billups. Doyle’s notebook has the Celtics reflecting on how much has changed since last year’s lottery night. Burt’s notebook has Pierce picking up where he left off in game seven. Jim Fenton’s notebook has Kevin Garnett pumped up at his matchup with the Pistons. Howe looks back at the ’07 lottery.
I’ve run out of time again this morning, so I’ll direct you over to RedSoxLinks.com for the coverage of last night’s Red Sox win over the Royals, and to PatriotsLinks.com for some coverage of passing camp.