Game 6 between the Celtics and Magic was not exactly a game that kept you on the edge of your seat, rather it had you glued to your seat and the screen through all around entertainment and hilarity. Closing out a series of dubious, and at times criminal officiating, the C’s were able to cruise to a 96-84 win and move on to the NBA Finals for the second time in three years.
Boston was able to establish a lead in the first quarter due, in major part, to Rajon Rondo finally taking charge of the offense. The game’s intensity escalated quickly in the fourth minute of play when Kevin Garnett went wild with a couple of blatent tomahawk swings to Dwight Howard’s arm. While clearly an ejectable offense, Boston was lucky that Garnett was only called for a foul after two of these right in front of a referee. Not all that surprising for those of us who have seen Kevin talking to himself throughout the entirety of every game–Howard’s series long destruction of Celtics players must have finally been getting to KG, who we all know to be clinically insane.
Despite the early lead, Celtics players continued to drop like flies. Rondo suffering a back injury after driving to the hoop allowed Nate Robinson to join Bobby Or and Tom Brady Suffolk County sports folklore. Competing with a rare height disadvantage, Robinson towers on the court with an estimated but never confirmed 5’ 9” stature. Having played only a handful of minutes thus far in the playoffs, Robinson scored a jaw dropping 13 points including two three-pointers, which Rondo rarely takes on. Equally awesome to his contribution was his elation after any involvement in play. Nate’s relentless flexing after every bucket he dropped was fucking hilarious. Adding to my laugh-induced second quarter side stitch, Nate later begged for a foul to be called on him as he raised his hand and jumped up and down, trying his best to pad any stats he could. His enthusiasm soon transferred to the crowd.
Able to maintain the early lead they established, the C’s were prematurely egged on with close to seven minutes left by their home fans with chants of “BEAT L.A.” While never a very close game after the first quarter, Celts fans couldn’t ask for a more ridiculous spectacle. We’ll just have to hope the Celtics success and fans enthusiasm stays the course and isn’t sidetracked by too many “Rapist 24” Lakers shirts—how crude.