The Celts' gridiron classic
Hub Blog was initially a little distressed that the victorious Celts
blew a big lead yesterday. But the ability to blow a lead
was the essence of the Celts win. The game was decided in the first three quarters. … Ray Allen
was definitely MVP. But the real battle was fought underneath the basket. One play stands out. Vince Carter was at the line with 9 seconds to go. He deliberately missed the second free throw, allowing Jameer Nelson to sneak in with a big follow-up score to bring the game within two. The replays focused on how Nelson did it. But the replays also showed Rasheed smashing into the scrum, his two forearms up and extended, like an old-fashioned offensive lineman plowing back an opponent on the scrimmage line. It was a blatant foul by a factor of ten. It wasn’t even basketball. It was football. The officials didn’t catch it. It was great. The Celts mugged and manhandled the Magic like that all game.