Matt McHale of By The Horns:
“And I’ve gotta tell you, after Chicago’s super-epic 128-127 triple overtime victory over the Boston Celtics, Ifeel mostly dead. The game lasted nearly four hours. By the end, poor Doug Collins (who was calling the game for TNT) sounded like he had lost control of several vital motor functions, and maybe a few cognitive ones as well. I can totally relate. I feel like poor Mark Wahlberg at the end of The Perfect Storm, treading water in the middle of the ocean during a hurricane and thinking, “What the [bleep] just happened…”
Jeff Clark of Celticsblog:
Earlier this series I saw some Bulls fans talk about how evenly these teams are matched up because of the Garnett injury. I wrote that off as a little bit of optimistic homerism. I was sure that the Celtics were the better team and they would prove it on the court. I was wrong. The Celtics may indeed be a better team, but right now, with the current lineup, in this series, at this moment in time, these teams are as evenly matched as you’ll ever see.
Henry Abbott of Truehoop:
Celtics close the most important game of the season, in triple overtime, and the lineup is Rajon Rondo, Brian Scalabrine, Ray Allen, Stephon Marbury, and Eddie House. Who would have predicted that a year ago? They were without injured Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe. James Posey is a Hornet. And Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, and Kendrick Perkins had all fouled out.
Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie:
The game was all you could ask for from the very beginning, with dozens of phenomenal plays and soul-killing mistakes on either end. This was an absolute dogfight between two teams that appear to want nothing more than to line up for a jump ball to start yet another overtime.
Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN:
Allen has acted in movies, but he seemed to play it straight on the possibility of a Garnett return. He said Garnett is “anxious,” but wouldn’t you be if you had to watch Marbury? Nope, all Allen knows is that Garnett spends his game on the bench in street clothes, “which I don’t like.” “So far, it’s one of the best series I’ve ever been a part of,” said Allen. One of the best? Can we see the video of the others? Anyway, the best thing about this series is that there will be a Game 7. The worst thing? There won’t be a Game 8.
Much more analysis from Celtics Hub on the way.
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