Believe it or not I actually do have a social life to attend to once in a great while. Because of the social life, I was unable to post about the games over the weekend. In case you missed it (and I doubt you did) here is a mini recap of the weekend. And what a great weekend it was for Boston sports.
Celtics Bust Out Brooms in NY
In Game Three of the first round series between the Celtics and Knicks, the only competition on the court was between Ray Allen and Paul Pierce in who could hit the most three pointers and have the most points. Pierce had 38 points hitting 6 of his 8 threes and Ray-Ray had 32 points hitting 8 of his eleven threes. Rajon Rondo was able to run around the court at will and posted a triple double with 15 points 11 rebounds and 20 assists.
Game Four saw the Celtics lead throughout the game before putting on the finishing touches on a 101-89 victory being the only team in the NBA to sweep the first round this year. Garnett led the way in Game 4 with 26 points and 10 rebounds. If you missed either of these two games, you didn’t miss much as the Celtics dominated right from the opening tap to the final buzzer.
In hindsight this series ended when Chauncey Billups went down with a knee injury at the end of Game 1. Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudimire never looked to be on the same page. Toney Douglas was no match for Rajon Rondo. Landry Fields laid perhaps the biggest egg in the history of postseason sports. This was a guy that was a first team all rookie and he stunk the place up in all 4 games. The Celtics will wait for the Heat to polish off the 76ers before starting round two. The extra time off will provide the aging roster with some rest and also buy time for Shaq to get healthy.
Horton Hears a Who: Bruins Lead Series 3-2
Nathan Horton scored 11 minutes into the second overtime of Game 5 to put the Bruins one win away from advancing to the second round. At this time last week, the idea of the Bruins making it out of the opening round was a joke. But over the last three games they have played with heart and that is all you need to win in playoff hockey. Michael Ryder continued his great play with the save of his career bailing out an out of position Tim Thomas in the first period of the game.
Speaking of Thomas, the man stood on his head in Game 5 with 44 saves. Chief among those saves was a vintage Thomas move of sliding across the crease saving a one timer on a 2 on 1 break in overtime. How he saved that puck, I have no idea. All I know is the my heart was in my throat. Radio personality Michael Felger has been asking when Tim Thomas was going to steal a game in the playoffs. He got his answer with Thomas’ legendary effort in Game 5.
Lastly, how stupid is Max Pacioretty? The man loves his Twitter account like no other. This time he took to tweeting a derogatory remark about Brad Marchand’s nose. Marchand responded by being the third star of the game and playing with as much energy and hustle as anyone could ask for. Pacioretty has already promoted enough bulletin board material for the Bruins, and he just doesn’t seem to get the message. There will be nothing better than the Bruins winning the series Tuesday night in Montreal in front of 28,000 screaming Canadien fans.
Sox Shut Down Angels
Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey both shut out the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend combing on 16 innings without giving up a run. The Sox now have a five game winning streak going and are showing everyone they are in fact who everyone thought they were going into the season. In the last nine games, the starting rotation has an ERA of 0.88.
Carl Crawford also hit his first home run as a member of the Red Sox and has shown signs of coming out of his season opening funk. Once Crawford gets going, and he will, watch out. The Red Sox will be unbeatable. Mark my words. The Red Sox can keep their winning ways going as they will travel to Baltimore and open up a three game set on Tuesday.
All in all it was a great weekend in Boston sports. Let’s hope the run extends into late June!
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