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The Boston Celtics routed the Los Angeles Kobe's by 177 points to win the NBA Championship tonight. That is an amazing seventeen titles for the storied franchise.

Somewhere Red Auerbach is firing up a hand-rolled victory cigar.

Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce will now be mentioned in the same breath as Cousy, Havlicek, Russell, McHale, Parish and the immortal Larry Bird.

While the majority of the countries newspapers prepare a BOSTON MASSACRE headline for tomorrow's edition, here are some closing thoughts on the NBA Finals.

I'm not sure there are three guys that are more deserving of a ring than Pierce, Allen and especially Garnett. KG plays harder than anyone in the league on both ends of the floor. His legacy in now set. Somewhere Karl Malone is as angry as The Hulk. That makes me happy.

I'm not sure there is a guy more deserving of an NBA Finals pistol whip than Kobe Bryant. He continued his petulance and whining, left his supposed "new leaf" team play of earlier in the year at the door, and played an embarrassing Game 6. Black Mamba failed in spectacular fashion.

Did anyone else see Steven Tyler courtside? Didn't look right, did it? Did he know he was at the game?

It was fun to listen to the difference between the knowledgeable Celtic crowd and the less educated Laker crowd. At Staples the masses cheer when Kobe dunks or Denzel Washington is shown in the Jumbo-Tron. The Celtic faithful root for good ball movement, heads up defensive plays and offensive rebounds. They give standing ovations to role players that grabbed four boards.

I really believe that Phil Jackson is an overrated coach. Yeah, he has nine rings, but I could have coached Michael Jordan to six titles and the other three came with Shaq in his prime. He didn't make adjustments that forced Boston mismatches. He doesn't really change anything. Was he really out-coached by Doc Rivers? Arguably, yes.

Does Eddie House get more tattoos at halftime? They seem to be multiplying with water.

Best tidbit from the ABC crew went to the revelation that KG has the whole team eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before each game. I'm glad I know that.

Not only did we see Boston win banner number seventeen, we saw what may have been the first sideline Gatorade dunk in basketball history. Paul Pierce baptized Doc Rivers with thirty seconds still on the clock. I don't recall ever seeing that away from the football field.

An historic night. An historic series.

Oh, and I called the series correctly, Celtics in six games.

No big deal...



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Go Celts!

Whatever else people say, if you know your sports history (Bill Russell, Bird, Auerbach), you got to give it to this town right now.

said E on June 18, 2008 2:36 AM.

I'm so glad that I was dead wrong about this series. The Big Ticket is my lifetime favorite player (i.e. favorite player I've seen in my lifetime.) and is definitely in my top 5 all time - Russell, Bird, Maravich, Mikan...yup, KG fits.

I also never in my life thought that I would like the Celtics at all, and certainly not this much. They are just a blast to watch. Who would have thought that playing mean defense AND being able to score would be such a big hit in the NBA? I mean other than anyone who played in the 80s or whose last name was Jordan?

I'm not sure about this, but I think the Celtics did okay without Al Jefferson, Telfair, Gerald Green, Theo Ratliff this year. But I'm sure those guys will haunt the Celtics in the future if they ever meet the T-Wolves in the finals. On Playstation.

said Don't Swayze Bro on June 18, 2008 10:21 AM.

Well said, Swayze. KG deserves a ring. I don't how you can't like the guy.

I can't believe the Celtics won without Ricky Davis. I thought he was the straw the stirs the drink.

said Johnny Wright on June 18, 2008 10:33 AM.

very nice game but i was so hoping that they pass the 42 point record set by Chicago. also Rondo had an incredible night he really stepped up.

said etantao on June 18, 2008 10:52 AM.

They could have passed the 42 point mark, I think, but it was classy of Eddie House to dribble it out and not try to embarrass the Kobe's any further.

I wanted them to do it too. Just to stick it to Kobe and Phil.

said Johnny Wright on June 18, 2008 10:56 AM.

Now if only the Bruins can learn from this........

said Bigus Dickus on June 18, 2008 11:12 AM.

I'm also glad because Shaq still has his post-Kobe ring and Kobe only has his post-Shaq heartache.

said Don't Swayze Bro on June 18, 2008 4:48 PM.
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