Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
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satisfying as a good morning dump.
— and deservedly so — everything began with Garnett. He spent the first
five games dominating Jamison in the post, and opening things up for
his teammates. When he wasn’t scoring from the block, he was passing and
creating easy baskets. He had his share of difficulties defending
Jamison on the perimeter, but his presence within the team defense that
stifled LeBron James for 23 of 24 quarters was irreplaceable.
He finished the night with 22 points, 12 rebounds and
played 37 minutes. It was only the third time all season he played
37-plus in a game — all of those have come in the playoffs — and Garnett
only seemed to get stronger as the game went on. His major offensive
contribution had come in the opening quarter, but his work on D, and on
both the offensive and defensive boards, were crucial down the stretch,
as the Cavs made one last futile attempt to save their season.
KG was spectacular in this series. He was a force inside and outside, on offense and defense.
Thankfully, the regular season is history, along with those painful images of Garnett dragging around his leg.
KG will have his hands full vs Orlando. He'll have to chase Rashard Lewis around the perimeter, as well as play help defense on Dwight Howard.
Anyone who doesn't think the Celtics have a chance in this series is a fool.
Game 1 is Sunday at 3:30pm. Here's the rest of the schedule. The Cs are putting tickets on sale for games 3, 4 and 6 at Noon today.
On Page 2, Sheed didn't come here for the regular season.
The bar is set so low for Rasheed Wallace, that I jumped off the couch last night whenever he grabbed a rebound or came up with a loose ball. The offense is gravy. If Sheed makes plays consistently on the defensive end of the court, the Celtics will be really tough to beat.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Performance gets him Tony award | They're back, and it's all systems go | Pierce no longer team's only weapon | Herald – Garnett back in time | Strength in numbers | Cs you later Cavs | CSNNE – Big 3 checked their egos, let Rondo step up | Game 6 breakdown | ESPN Boston – First Impressions | WEEI – Powe says Celtics playing better than 2008 | 10 Thoughts from Game 6 |