The Celtics are back!
Tuesday June 17 final night will be remembered as one of the greatest nights for the Celtics, for the city of Boston and for NBA basketball itself. It was a night where the great Boston made history again, where every basketball fan couldn’t help reminiscing about the golden era of the Celtics and the meaningful legacy they left behind in the sport. Since this season’s Playoffs Finals is set between the all-time rivals the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, it is hoped that it will be a great final, full of memories and emotions. And that’s what happened.
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The NBA Championship Final series has kept the crowd on the edge of their seats since Game 1, when Boston briefly thought about losing its captain Paul Pierce when he collided with team-mate Kendrick Perkins and had to be sued and taken out in a wheelchair with an injured knee midway through the third quarter.
However, Pierce returned in the final quarter when there were only 5:04 minutes remaining in the game, which inspired his team to finish with their first win of the series. They also secured a home-court advantage winning Game 2, where Pierce led his team by 28 points to move into the first game in Los Angeles with a 2-0 lead.
The Lakers overcame Game 3, drew series 2-1 and then in Game 4 the L.A. had control by a comfortable 20-point margin over the first half of the game, however, in light of the good old days, the Celtics wrote another page in the league’s most famous rivalry legend as they made one of the biggest comebacks in Finals history racking up 24 points The game 97-91, took command of the series 3-1 and left the Lakers a defeat away from elimination on their own home-court. Game 5 started off the same as Game 4, the Lakers won over 20 points in the first quarter and although the Celtics managed to recover more quickly and the scoreboard was fairly tied up for nearly all games, the Lakers didn’t allow Boston to open champagne bottles on their home court and win the game.
Boston Celtics are back
103-98, drew series 3-2 and moved east again for Game 6. And then, the night Boston had dreamed about for the last 22 years finally came. In Game 6 at home, the Celtics, cheered up by an emotional crowd filled with joy and pride of fans chant “Beat L.A.” and “Seven-teen” was absolutely dominant in every way; their defense was irreversible and their offense was unstoppable, finishing the game with 48 rebounds, 14 of which were offensive.
With the scoring advantage increasing from the early stages of the match, the crowd and the team themselves started celebrating from the start of the final quarter, anticipating a dazzling 131-92 Green win again in the NBA. Other pages in the most winning franchises in NBA history have been written and there are images documenting the emotions of the main characters, such as when 2008 Finals MVP Paul Pierce gave Gatorate a bath to his delicately dressed coach Doc Rivers minutes before reaching the championship; or when Kevin Garnet passes out on the pitch with tears of joy and then hugs former Boston star and eleven-time championship winner Bill Russell. These images will stay on every Boston fan’s mind for years to come as the biggest comeback in the league.