celtics championship discussions
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All-access pass to a championship
From live updates, to analysis, to video blogging, we were at every game and covered every angle of the Celtics' championship run.
Seventeen, so sweet
You're damn right it's okay to call them the Big Three now. They are NBA champions, and they did it in a manner that would impress even Larry, Kevin, and the Chief.
It's a wrap
I love basketball, but enough is enough. There should be a rule: no hoop after Memorial Day. Leftover thoughts from the NBA playoffs ...
The C's wire-to-wire dominance required a bit of tight-rope walking along the way, but ended without a second question about who the best team in the NBA is.
Rich get richer
So, that's six titles in the last six years. It's the Golden Age of Boston Sports. Don't expect it to end anytime soon.
ON TOP OF THE WORLD!
The Celtics beat LA to a pulp and ran away with championship No. 17.
Order "Banner 17,'' the Boston Globe's book about the championship Celtics season.
champs on your desktop
Celebrate the C's on your desktop with some of the best Globe photographs of the season.
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Ghost of Most archive
Very high above courtside, Johnny took in all the excitement of the Celtics 17th championship.
There's a lot to choose from when picking the most memorable Celtics-Lakers Finals games. The Globe's Bob Ryan lists his 10 favorites prior to 2008.
Boston.com's Chris Forsberg runs down the songs that provided the soundtrack for the Boston Celtics' 2007-08 season. Click in and check out our iTunes iMix and view our track-by-track gallery.
All hail the triumvirate: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. Together they wrote history, orchestrating the NBA's greatest one-year turnaround by remaking a tottering team that staggered to a 24-58 finish the previous season into a 66-16 supershredder. (Boston Globe)
nba finals game-by-game recap
After a 22-year wait that included the retirement of Larry Bird, lots of lean years, and the death of Red Auerbach, the Celtics have new legends named Pierce, Allen, and Garnett, who now can tell their stories about touching the trophy, spraying champagne, and wishing Red were here to witness it.
Meet the world champion Celtics, each of whom brought something to the table in delivering the first world title since 1986.
Bob Ryan's all-time top 10
Bob Ryan outlines his list of the best Celtics teams over the years. The 1985-86 squad (left) ranked No. 1, but the 2007-08 men in green were not too far behind.
the rolling rally
Euphoric multitudes of cheering, chanting, cigar-chomping fans turned downtown Boston into a twisting river of emerald and white in a celebratory salute to the Celtics' first championship in 22 years. (Boston Globe)
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen sat side by side during a press conference at TD Banknorth Garden to announce their arrival in Boston July 31. The Big Three stood side by side in uniform in front of the Roman Colosseum at the beginning of training camp in October while cameras flashed and surprised tourists looked on. (Boston Globe, 6/19/08)
At Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain, 15-year-old Max Ricci and 17-year-old Steven Porix did their best imitations of the Big Three, slashing to the bucket, pulling up for long-range jumpers, and posting in the paint. (Boston Globe, 6/19/08)
Only a few stragglers remained at TD Banknorth Garden nearly two hours after the Celtics captured their 17th NBA title. (Boston Globe, 6/19/08)
131-92. Embrace it. Ogle it. Relish it. But, above all, believe it. The Celtics did not just win franchise championship No. 17 last night. They snatched it. They swallowed it. They demanded it. (Boston Globe)
From the doors of a cigar bar in downtown Boston, two friends began their pilgrimage. (Boston Globe, 6/20/08)
eastern conference finals game-by-game recap
The Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals by defeating the Detroit Pistons in six games in the Eastern conference finals. They lost their first home game of the playoffs, but won two games on the road.
Eastern Conference semifinals
"The Truth" may be a reach, but Paul Pierce sure lived up to his Captain's title in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cavaliers. Pierce scored 41 points as Boston fought off a 45-point effort from LeBron James to reach the East finals.
It took seven games for the Celtics to eliminate the upset-minded Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. Boston won all four home games (including Game 7 in blowout fashion) and lost all three on the road.
Game 1: Celtics 88, Pistons 79
No NBA team was stingier defensively in the regular season than the Pistons. But KG found a recipe vs. Detroit that works. Photos
Game 2: Pistons 103, Celtics 97
As Paul Pierce walked off the court feeling different than he has been accustomed to at home in the playoffs, he said, "There's a lot more basketball to play." Photos
Game 3: Celtics 94, Pistons 80
After searching for a long time, the Celtics finally got back on the smooth path on which they had been accustomed to driving. The Celtics won their first road game of the playoffs, a 94-80 decision over the Pistons. Photos
Game 4: Pistons 94, Celtics 75
The Big Three were brought down to size. The Celtics fell, 94-75, to the Pistons in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Photos
Game 5: Celtics 106, Pistons 102
The Celtics moved one win from advancing to the NBA Finals with a 106-102 victory over the Pistons in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Celtics 89, Pistons 81
The Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals by defeating the Detroit Pistons, 89-81, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills.