The Celtics dodged a game winning attempt from Dwyane Wade in overtime to win game four of the Eastern Conference Finals and tied the series at two games apiece with a 93-91 victory at the Garden.
The Celtics had roared out to a large lead in the first half, but as has become their custom, they made it difficult for themselves in the second half. Still, you’d rather than not have them get that big lead and force the opposition to use as much energy as possible to get back into the game.
Full links (and a lot of them) are at CelticsLinks.com. Noteworthy links are below.
Celtics didn’t make it easy in Game 4 win – Bob Ryan says that in the final seconds, what Marquis Daniels did was “save the game, no more, no less.”
Footloose and fancy 3 – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics lived (and nearly died) by the three-pointer last night.
Celtics stay together, win together – Paul Flannery has the Heat still trying to reinvent themselves, while the Celtics clearly know who they themselves are.
Wade’s miss gives Celtics life – Jackie MacMullan says that now it is anyone’s series.
Celtics hold on, beat Heat in OT to even up series – A. Sherrod Blakely runs down the difference-makers in this one.
Allen performing a balancing act – The Globe notebook has Ray Allen settling back into rhythm. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Paul Pierce happy to see LeBron James join him in fouling out last night.
Mike Breen And His Evident Dislike Of The Boston Celtics – From Friday, my SB Nation Media column. Someone needs to sit down with a tape of a Breen Celtics game, and really analyze what he says and how he says it when it comes to the Celtics, and the opposition. I know I’m a hypersensitive green-teamer here and all, but there’s definitely something here.
The best part of last night’s broadcast:
The other big story from the weekend is Tim Thomas and his announcement that he will be sitting out the upcoming NHL season. He posted a few times on Facebook, one citing a link forecasting impending doom on the world’s economy and the other saying he needs more time for Friends, Family and Faith.
Thomas confirms that he won’t play – Fluto Shinzawa reports on the situation.
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas sounds hypocritical in explaining decision to sit out – Mike Loftus thinks that Thomas isn’t telling the whole truth here.
Media deserves blame in Tim Thomas saga – Kirk Minihane says that the media treatment of Thomas is at least partly to blame for this.
Joe Haggerty takes extreme exception to this notion:
Bruins teammates react as Thomas decides to walk away – Haggerty talks to a few Bruins about Thomas’ decision, and they don’t have a whole lot to say.