For the second time in three days it is the anniversary of a Boston championship. I guess that's what happens when you win 100 championships in a decade and a half. Today on DOL we honor the 2007-08 Boston Celtics. The New Big 3.
It'd be impossible to do an 07-08 Celtics story without their video intro. Chill city. That KG scream still fires me up.
After a horrible 24 win 2006-07 season the Celtics traded for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett which helped turn the Celtics from one of the leagues worst teams to one of the best. The 07-08 C's won 66 games in the regular season. A 42 win turn around. The Best in NBA history. Complete culture change. They Were about each other, they were a family. Unbutu. "I am because WE are". One of my all time favorite seasons of my life for any team.
In the playoffs they struggled on the road. It took 7 games to get past the Atlanta Hawks who were a sub .500 team I believe. Then they beat the Cavs in a classic 7 game series. Lebron v. Paul Pierce in game 7 is one of my all time favorite games. They both went off, Lebron just edged Paul in points at 45 to 41 but the Celtics beat the Cavs 97-92.
Don't expect anybody to watch a 12 minute highlight video but here you go.
Finally against the Pistons the Celtics lost a home playoff game which worried me as they were 0 for on the road. Luckily they won twice in Detroit to win the Eastern Conference, the great mid 2000's Pistons last good team.
In the Finals it was just like the 60's and 80's Celtics v Lakers. It was awesome to get to experience that rivalry at the highest level. Biggest game that stands out to me is game 4. Celtics were leading the Lakers 2-1, the home team had won all 3 games. C's were down by 24 and it looked like the Lakers were gonna tie the series up. The C's fought back and won to go up 3-1 in the series and basically put it on ice. Lost game 5 but went back to Boston up 3-2 and dismantled the Lakers in game 6. Such an ass beating that it almost took away from the win because it was never in doubt, sometimes in sports its almost better to sweat it out. Just look at Super Bowl XLIX.
My biggest take away from this Celtics team was all the guys that contributed. Obviously you have the starters, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins but they had a great bench as well in Eddie House, Tony Allen, James Posey, PJ Brown, Sam Cassel, and my man Leon Powe.
What else stands out is those split face "there can only be one" commercials during the playoffs. That shit was creepy af.
When I think 2008 Playoffs those commercials almost come to mind faster than the fact the Celtics won the Championship.
After the C's won we saw the first gatorade bath in NBA History.
Learned that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
And Shaq asked the age old question "how my ass taste?" to Kobe Bryant after the Celtics took home the title. It's embarrassing how much I love this song. Means so much to me.
Can't believe it was 8 years ago that the Celtics won the Championship. I was a sophomore in high school, it happened right as the school year ended... 8 years ago good God.
Thank you to the 07-08 Celtics.