Tonight, the Boston Celtics were eliminated by the Miami Heat by a score of 97-87 in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Final. The Celtics had a six point lead with less than five minutes to play but the Heat went on a 16-0 run to advance to the NBA Eastern Conference Final. They will face either the Atlanta Hawks or the Chicago Bulls.
The triumvirate of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh was just too much for Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Shaquille O’Neal. With the exception of Rondo, these guys are past their prime. The Celtics were rejuvenated when Garnett and Allen arrived on the scene in 2008 and led the Celtics to their first NBA title in over two decades. In subsequent seasons however they get off to a fast start only to fade at the end and come up just short. They lost to the LeBron led Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009 NBA Eastern Conference Final and last year lost to the L.A. Lakers in the NBA Final.
But Boston sports fans won’t dwell on the Celtics. The Bruins have reached the NHL Eastern Conference Final for the first time in nearly two decades. On Saturday, the Bruins face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a best of seven series. The winner will proceed to the Stanley Cup. The Bruins last won the Stanley Cup in 1972.
Here’s a non-sequitur. Boston sports teams were a fixture at the White House while President Bush was in office. The New England Patriots won three Super Bowls, the Red Sox won two World Series and finally the Celtics won the NBA Title. However, no championships have to come to Boston since President Obama took office. So if the Bruins don’t get a ticker tape parade down Boylston Street we know who to blame.