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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Beat LA!

Beat LA! Beat LA! It still rings fondly in the ears after two decades. The old Garden is gone and it's been way too long -- but the Celtics are back in the NBA Finals and what a way to get there.

There's always something special about basketball in June. Against the Lakers. By way of Detroit. (Oh, and toss in Atlanta too).

What's most satisfied is who has been The Man during crunch time. With all due respect to KG and Ray Allen, Paul Pierce has been the heart and soul of this team during the playoffs. And no one says it better than No. 34 himself.
"It's been a long process. I could write a whole book on my emotions right now. But I'm just happy to be in this position, still with the Boston Celtics. It makes me think about a year ago today what I was doing. To be in this position with the same team going to the Finals, it's nothing I can really put into words."
It won't get easier, nor should it. The Lakers dethroned the defending champion Spurs and they did it in convincing fashion.

But the Celtics snapped out of the road funk -- winning two games in Detroit, including a sixth game close-out.

So on to the Finals -- and reliving the memories like Kevin McHale's clothesline of Kurt Rambis. That's what basketball in June is all about. Beat LA!

CORRECTION: It must have been my own misspent Rambis Youth. I mistakenly confused current Laker GM Mitch Kupchak with the one-time Laker forward as the recipient of a Kevin McHale forearm shiver. It was of course, the black-glassed Rambis who took the hit.

(Boston Globe photo)

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beat L.A. is a loser chant. It started in the '82 Eastern Conference finals as the Celtics were losing game 7 to the Sixers in the Boston Garden. The defeated Celtic fans pleaded with the Sixers to defeat the Lakers in the Finals. Of course, the Lakers whacked them in 6.

June 01, 2008 4:27 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Quite true. Doesn't mean it can't get a new meaning though!

June 02, 2008 5:30 AM  
Blogger Suldog said...

Anonymous:

It was a true moment of sportsmanship. Since you don't see it that way, instead viewing it as a "loser chant", I can only assume you are an A #1 asshole.

Oh, you're a Lakers fan. I'm repeating myself. Sorry!

June 02, 2008 11:48 AM  

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