Celtics Garden Party
I was lucky enough to be in the Garden last night for the Celtics big win in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. They won their 17th championship, and it wasn't even as close as the 131-92 score. The photo above captures some of the excitement on the bench as the game wound down. Luckily for me, I had a great view -- you can see me in the photo between Sam Cassell and Paul Pierce, with the baseball cap on.
The environment in the Garden was phenomenal. The fans were cheering non-stop. I was exhausted by the end. I was also thrilled that they could win it in Boston, even though that meant that it was extended to six games. Having such a blowout in Boston let the party start early in the fourth quarter when it was clear that the Lakers didn't have a run in them. That made it the most fun for the players -- they were having a blast.
And, the best part is that the Celtics could easily have pretty much the same team next year (they need to make sure that they keep James Posey). They could definitely be better as the young players improve and the whole team has more experience playing together. Get ready for banner number #18!