Boston Celtics 2008 Victory Parade

Boston Celtics 2008 Victory Parade | 2008 NBA Championship

Check out the great pictures of the Celtics Victory Parade yesterday over at The Big Picture: 2008 NBA Champs – Celtics Rolling Rally. It doesn’t look like anyone in Boston went to work on Thursday.

See related post: Celtics-Lakers: Let the Finals Begin!

8 Comments

  1. Alas, and as much as I hate to admit it, the better team won. The hungry team won.

    But that don’t make it right!

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Gunny – Hey, I’m sorry about your Lakers. They had a couple good quarters where they smoked our Celts, but they just didn’t seem to play the way they did the rest of the post-season. I still think their almost comeback of 24 points in under eight minutes was one of the most amazing comeback attmepts I have ever seen in basketball. The memory of that kept me nervous in game six until about five minutes left to go. Then I was finally able to relax. Perhaps they’ll meet again next year?

  3. I’d like that. I’m just sorry we didn’t live up to our end of the bargain.

    I think there were 2 crucial points in that series. The 1st was the game 2 comeback you mentioned. They were so close to winning and a loose ball here or there would have meant coming home 1-1.

    Instead a young team that hadn’t trailed in a series yet and had only lost 3 games total is now down 2-0, needing to win 4 of 5.

    They barely won game 3, but they’re relieved and back in it at 2-1. Winning game 4 would squarely put the pressure on Boston for game 5.

    Yet, blowing a 24 point lead of their own in a game they have to have because they know (despite what they say) they’re done at 3-1. They choke. There’s no other way to say it. Sure, Boston (especially Pierce) played well, but that was a choke, especially for the alleged “best player on the planet.”

    After that night, I said, “The Jordan comparisons forever stop.” I would have revised that had the Lakers won the next 3, but Jordan NEVER would have allowed that loss … not in their house … not blowing such a lead … not needing that “W” in the biggest way. Neither would have Magic or Bird and a few others I could name.

    It was over at that point, but they did just enough to win game 5. But I knew it was over at 3-2 when the Lakers afterward said their motivation was that they didn’t want to see the Celtics celebrate the championship on their court.

    There wasn’t any, “We’re gonna win this” or “We’re not gonna let them win,” but just a desire to not let them win it there and then.

    You saw what happened in game 6.

    So, not coming back in game 2 and allowing the comeback in game 4. The question is now whether or not this young team can ever come back.

    Look what happened to the up and coming Mavericks in 2006. They’d been a few times to the Western Conference Finals and then were up 2-0 over Miami and had a 13 point lead midway through the 4th quarter of game 3. It looked like it would be a sweep, but Miami won 4 straight.

    Since that series, the Mavs have won two (2) playoff games total, losing 4-1 in the first round the past 2 years, as the #1 seed (67 wins) in 2007.

    Sorry for bogarting the comments, but you got me on a roll with my Lakers woes.

    😉

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    Gunny – Great points all around. I said just about the exact same thing to my boys about Kobe and Jordan after the series. I told them no matter how good the Celtics defense, Jordan would have found a way to win. That’s what made Jordan the best player ever – he dug down deep and he kept finding a way. Kobe is a great player, but Jordan still holds the crown.

  5. Bethany says:

    So any thoughts on why NONE of the 2008 NBA Finals Champs made the Olympic team? I know they were chosen before the finals, but Prince instead of Pierce??

  6. Ray Fowler says:

    Bethany – Sorry, but I haven’t been following that at all. In fact, this is the first I heard of it. Do you have any more information on it yet?

  7. Bethany says:

    It came out during an interview on NBA.com. Andrew and I watched the announcement live and were shocked/seriously annoyed/puzzled at the decision. Some of the players that got on are Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Duane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Tayshaun Prince (as small forward instead of Pierce!), Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, Chris Paul, Michael Redd, and Jason Kidd. The roster and the rest of the info are on http://www.usabasketball.com. I still have a hard time understanding why they allow “pro’s” on an “amateur” team, but since they do, why not Paul Pierce??

  8. Ray Fowler says:

    Bethany – I went to the website, and it looks like Pierce was the only Celtic that was part of the original 33-member roster. But why he didn’t make the cut for the final twelve is beyond me. I am guessing that if they had waited to make their decision until after the finals, he would have made it.

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