Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Boston Celtics Got Its 17th Championship Trophy this 17th of June 2008

Boston Celtics just win the 2008 NBA Title! This is their Game 6 against LA Lakers with 4-2 Final Series. It was in 1986, where Larry Bird was still with the Boston Celtics, when the team had its last 16th Champ Trophy. Finally they regain the crown after 22 long years (Please click the image to enlarge).

Now, it’s time for Paul Pierce, the team captain, to become the 2008 NBA Finals MVP and his first ever championship ring together with Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and the rest. This is James Posey’s second and Sam Cassell’s third.

This 6th game was played with a home court advantage at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts. With still remaining more than four minutes of the 4th quarter, it is visible on TV at the Boston bench, when the three (Pierce, Garnett & Allen) of starting five were substituted; at a time when the Celtics had a 30-point advantage against the Lakers, they are already congratulating and hugging each other and approach by many close friends, relatives, and fans.

Even Coach Doc Rivers (his first NBA championship trip as head coach) was poured upon with a bucketful of red Gatorade all over his body staining his suit. Several cameramen were already inside the court taking their cues while the referees pulled their shirts directing them to get outside the court lines while the jubilant Boston crowds are heavily roaring in the background saying the words, “Seven-teen”. At the start of the game, the shrilling chant, “Beat L.A.” could be heard from the crowd.

Among the famous faces standing on the bench side is Bill Russel the popular center and Hall of Famer, who was already with the Celtics in 1946 who possessed 11 NBA titles in his 13 year-career with the team. Another is John Havlicek, the Celtics all-time-leading scorer during his 16 year-career having 8 NBA titles. Former head coach and 1957 Rookie of the Year, Tom Heinsohn, with 10 NBA titles was also among the celebrant.

The starting line-up for the Boston Celtics were Rajon Rondo as point guard, Ray Allen as shooting guard, Kendrick Perkins in center position, Kevin Garnett as power forward and Paul Pierce in the small forward position. The final stunning and record championship score is 131-92 led by Garnett with 26-game-high points with 14 rebounds, and another 26 added by Allen, 21 by Rondo and 17 by Pierce. The victory parade with the green and white motif of the Boston Celtics is scheduled tomorrow morning, 11 am EST.

This 31-point margin was a record breaking score in the NBA Final’s history ever. The question is, has this Game 6 score brought a humiliating defeat on the part of the LA Lakers?

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