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Sunday, 10 May 2009 23:07


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In 1987, when the injured and aging Boston Celtics were defending their title in the Eastern Conference Finals, Kevin McHale would tell reporters, "You all know what they say... A wounded bear is the most dangerous"... McHale's 22 year old analogy can definitely be applied to this year's Defending Champion Boston Celtics. They are certainly not scared of adversity. These Celtics always seem to rise to the challenge when their pride is threatened.In the 2009 NBA Playoffs the Celtics have treated fans to their share of overtimes and buzzer beaters. However, Last night's 1 point victory over the Orlando Magic had the most unlikely of endings. We have all seen the play before... The first option is Ray Allen off a fade. Option two would have been Paul Pierce isolated at the top of the key. Option three was always Kevin Garnett fading for an 18 footer. Last night it wasn't the "Big Ticket" coming thru with 1.2 seconds left,it was the (self proclaimed) "Ticket Stub" - Glenn "Big Baby" Davis.From the second quarter until Big Baby's game winning basket the Boston Celtics vaunted Defense returned. Boston forced Orlando into 39% shooting and 18% three point shooting. Hedu Turkoglu, Rafer Alston and Redick were non factors as the Celtics defense hounded their every move.The offense was another story. Though the Celtics shot 52.8% from the field, led by Paul Pierce with 27 point on 9 of 15 shooting, the team only handed out 16 assists . Rajon Rondo scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds but only dished out 4 assists. Rondo is averaging 11.3 assists per game in the playoffs. Boston shot a horrid 10% from three point range. Ray Allen 0-5 from three point land, finishing with 12 points in 46 minutes.Even with a filthy offense, missed free throw and three pointers, the Celtics still managed to pull out the victory. Boston now has homecourt advantage back playing 2 of the next 3 games at the TD Banknorth Garden. I have not seen Coach Doc Rivers display that much emotion since last years championship clinching game six. It seemed as if Doc finally exhaled after holding his breath since losing game one of the 1st round series against Chicago. Notes: Kendrick Perkins re injured his shoulder with 4 minutes remaining in the game. His status for game five has not been determined. Legendary Celtics guard Sam Jones was in attendance. Paul Pierce, in foul trouble, only played 32 minutes.Embedded video from NBA Video