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Monday, 18 May 2009 15:25


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The Celtics seemed to have every element needed to pull off a game seven victory last night except the appropriate amount of energy remaining in their tired legs. Yes, a 62-20 - injury filled season pulled together solely by heart and determination. It was obvious in game seven that the Orlando Magic were younger, faster and more fresh. I do not buy into the concept that is being discussed on ESPN that the Magic "played like they wanted it more". This Celtics team was so reminiscent of the 1987 Celtics that played with a 6 man rotation due to injuries. Heart, determination and a man named Larry Bird used his last gasp of energy to will his team to the NBA Finals where they lost to the LA Lakers in 6 games.Last nights 101-82 stomping at the Garden showed how over matched we are without Kevin Garnett but also displayed just how tough our undermanned team was in these playoffs. The Celtics could have easily laid down to the younger and more athletic Chicago Bulls who pushed them to (a record) seven overtimes in the first round. Most predicted Boston would lose this series in 5 or 6 games, we pushed Orlando to 7 games.Ray Allen, as expected, found his shooting touch in game seven scoring 23 points. Ray's re-emergence was not enough as the rest of the team looked flat, tired and dejected.Rafer Alston, whose stat line does not reflect it, set the tone and pace for Orlando and out played Rajon Rondo. Kendrick Perkins held Dwight Howard to 12 points but Hedu Turkaglu proved to be the driving force behind Orlando's crushing victory. Turkaglu (25 points - 12 assists) had an answer to every Celtics feeble run and scored improbable shot after shot. With last nights loss Boston fell to 32-1 in series' that they have led 3-2 and 20-6 in franchise games 7's. This was also the first game seven that that they have dropped in the current Big Three Era.Ubunto was last year's credo. In a year that faced anything negative that could have happened, did happen to the Celtics, Ubunto came into play more this year and was barely mentioned. The cliche phrase, "Heart of a Champion" seems to have taken it's place. I prefer returning to Ubunto as our credo next season. We all know now that this team, despite losing in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, does possess the "heart of a champion" and it does not need to be said."1 - 2- 3 --- UBUNTU"
Nick Gelso

Nick Gelso is the Founding Partner and CEO of North Station Media, CLNS Radio. Gelso has been covering the NBA and Boston Celtics since 2008. He has locker room experience and is an accomplished NBA columnist and radio personality. Gelso has appeared on Boston radio, Las Vegas television, ESPNBoston, CBS Sports. He is co-host of CLNSRadio's flagship production, the Celtics Late Night Show and co-owner of CLNSRadio.


Additionally, Gelso is the co-host of Beats & Eats Podcast. Beats & Eats is an entertainment, foodie and pop-culture podcast network. Beats & Eats hosts podcasts from Hell's Kitchen Chefs' Barret Beyer & Anthony Rodriguez. Actors such as Lydia Cornell and Matt Fahey. Technology expert, and CLNS Columnist, Rich Conte. Hell's Kitchen Chef Dan Ryan hosts a reddit-based, pop-culture podcast. Chopped Chef, Rob Burmeister & Hell's Kitchen Chef, Clemenza host the culinary-comedy podcast, "Chewing the Fat with Big and Beefy."



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