To me, this schedule doesn't make a lot of sense. Between game 1 and 2, both of which are in Boston, there are 2 days. Then, between game 2 and 3 when they have to travel from Boston to LA, there is only 1 day. There is 1 day between games 3 and 4 and then 2 days between games 4 and 5. And then 1 day for them to travel between LA and Boston again. You would think the extra day would be on the travel days. I hate the 9:00 games as they get over so late. At least school is out and I don't need to get up early.
Here are comments found around the Pistons' boards during game 6 against the Celtics. When the Pistons fans start talking about how bad the calls are against the Celtics, you know the officials are bad. You have to feel for the Pistons fans. Seems like lately, the Pistons have always been the bridesmaids and never the brides. I have a feeling changes are coming for that team, even if it is only a coaching change.
Some crap going around about Rip going off on Sheed for hugging KG and what not after the game. Odd thing is, Hunter is the one that was talking about it to the media.
I would bet the house the Pistons win tonight. Wouldn't even shock me if the blow them out. Game 7 will be fun.
I personally wouldn't. I just have a bad feeling about tonight. 98-91 Celtics.
Past 6 years, Pistons have never been eliminated from the playoffs at home.
Should be a tough one, but the C's are terrible on the road these playoffs and one good road performance doesn't make me feel that's gonna change.
The only thing Sheed gets passionate about is the little guys with whistles. He's not passionate about the game, about the playoffs, or about winning. He does nothing to avoid technicals despite the fact that he'll probably get another one tonight and cause us to lose game 7 even if we win game 6 because he'll be suspended.
Win or blow-it-up....both sound good.
We'll win game 6, and lose in Boston in game 7.... Dumars will say that we just got beat by a better team and will keep the core and Flip Saunders for next season when we lose in the ECFs
If the Pistons win game 6 and I think they will, I like their chances in game 7.
I don't know if I've seen a so-called championship team that can look so tight and show a lack of composure like this Celtics team. Even KG and Pierce looked like frightened little children when their lead started to disappear. Going into yesterdays game the one thing I was curious about was how the Celts would deal with the pressure of a must win game. I got my answer, they failed miserably. Yesterdays game wasn't a classic, it was a choke job by the men in green.
The pressure was on and Boston started folding up like house of cards in the 4th. I liked the Pistons chances if the game is tight going into the 4th because of Bostons lack of composure. Little did I know that they'd still feel the pressure with a 15 point lead in the 4th.
To be honest, not a chance Boston beats LA in the finals. Kobe is better then Pierce and Allen combined. And Boston can't keep up with their depth.
The Hawks and Cavs took the Celtics to a game seven, I don't see any reason why the Pistons won't.
It's easy to hate Boston fans. I mean, the Boston Celtics.
I want KG to win a ring, but I really hate the Celtics, so I would have to root for the Lakers.
I think we're going to get blown out tonight. Just a feeling. It will be an emphatic end of the era that will leave no doubt in Dumars' mind. Boston is seeing this as a must win, and Billups and now Hamilton will have built in excuses if we lose. I expect a Sheed tech and epic meltdown as well, possibly with him having to be physically restrained because it would mean an automatic Game #7 suspension.
I just want to win to give Boston two less days of rest when they end up facing the Lakers.
I think Rip is faking all of this to throw the Celtics off. Rip goes for 69 points
I hate the NBA Machine. I hate what David Stern has done to this league. I firmly believe there is no way, especially with the Lakers in now, the NBA will allow the Pistons to get past the Celtics.
Nothing wrong with Rip's arm.
Ray is killing us.
Ray, Pierce, and Garnett should never be left open.
Ray Allen shooting well = Death of any team that plays Boston. The guy is their X-factor plain and simple.
Anyone else think Doc Rivers is the biggest crybaby of all coaches ever? Everytime his team doesn't get a call he is crying at the officials!
So was the plan of attack to have our forwards put all of their effort towards neutralizing Garnett, Perkins and Pierce with the goal to make it a backcourt game? Or are they just sucking?
Chauncey owns the Celtics guards.
I'm sorry, but Perkins reminds me of Bubba from Forrest Gump.
What would be Perkins IQ?
My 5 yr old boxer is smarter then him! Observation: He looks like the devil to me, though I've never seen the devil but the devil probably looks like Perkins! Its the eyes.
Here's all you really need to know about this game so far: Leon Powe has scored more points than Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince COMBINED.
Cbill starting to abuse point guard boy.
These announcer are awful...I never thought I'd say this, but I kinda miss Bill Walton (when conmpared to these clowns).
KG picks up his 4th foul.
That was not a foul on KG. We caught a break.
That was an iffy call, that should have been a 4 point play for Pierce
I fail to see the offensive foul there on Pierce. We caught a break.
Wow, that's a horrible call on Pierce. Travel maybe but not an offensive foul...
Expect Celtics fans to request an asterisk for this win if we get it. Frankly, I'm not sure I wouldn't do the same thing in their shoes.
Wow... I'm thinking Stern wants to see a game 7. I don't think I have ever seen a call that bad.
How are you going to T up Perkins for saying probably one word, and not T up Sheed for his antics? Wow
Ha ha ha. Salvatore has money on the Pistons.
Can't blame the refs if we lose this game.. Wow
No, please leave Cassell in
Garnett pounding his chest like King Kong is so old right now.
Pierce eating us like happy meals.
I fear Paul Pierce. He can just get whatever he wants.
4 white shirts, 1 green one and the green one grabs the rebound.
We were up 10 in this qt. What happened?
Well to be fair, we are always up ten before the meltdowns.
Yeah, game over!!! Take all your Piston gear back to the store or put it on Ebay!!
The Lakers are going to crush these fools
Freaking Atlanta Hawks pushed Boston to a 7th game. ATLANTA!!! And they beat us in 6. I'm going to be sick.
Boston did deserve to win this game and you can't deny that. When a team wants a game you can sense it and the Pistons did want the game earlier in the 3rd but the Celtics ended up wanting it more.
I will cheer for Boston in the Finals. I probably won't watch. I'll take three guys getting their first over a guy getting his fourth. That's my mentality anyway.
We couldn't adjust to Boston's pressure. Perkins killed us too on the glass.
I'll admit it's nice to see Pierce in the Finals versus the Kobes. He's a classy guy.
Boston played better D. At least this year we can say we lost to an elite team rather than a one superstar joke...
The only two games the Celtics won on the road this postseason and they defeat us!
The Pistons lost because they waited around too long, and then Garnett burned them, hitting down-low, midrange and outside shots. He stepped up big time. I hope he can keep it going in the finals, if so, he deserves a ring.
In my personal opinion, the two best teams in the whole league this season played tonight. This was the ultimate showdown this year, and it could have gone either way. That being said, I think the Finals will be even more difficult for the Celtics, but for extracurricular reasons that I rather not expand on.
I think the Pistons gave it their all, but the Celtics were just better this year. They owned the paint and played better defense overall. Even when they struggled, those two things bailed them out.
The Celtics are the Eastern Conference Champions and will face the Lakers in their first finals appearance since 1987. This team that started the season with 9 new players and plenty of doubters is still silencing the critics as they closed out the Pistons in a come from behind victory on the road. Now they get a much needed rest before the Finals start on June 5.
This game was close throughout. I said this morning, I didn't believe that Rip Hamilton was really hurt. He came out and hit his first two shots and went 9-14 from the field, showing no sign of injury. The Celtics were up 24-21 after a jumper by Stuckey was waived off because he didn't get it off on time.
The Celtics started the 2nd quarter with Sam, Perk, PJ, Posey and Ray Allen on the court and they exstended the lead to 29-23 in the first 4 minutes. The Pistons then came back as KG picked up his 3rd foul left in the half. Doc finally put Leon Powe in and it paid dividends immediately as he forced 24 second violation by knocking the ball away and then on the next play, he got an offensive rebound and put it in as he was fouled. The Celtics led 40-37 at the half.
The Pistons had a big 3rd quarter, outscoring the Celtics 31-20. The refs were a factor the entire game, but in this quarter, they made one of the worst calls I have ever seen. Pierce got Hamilton in the air on a fake and then hit a 3 as Hamilton came down on him. Instead of calling a foul on Hamilton, they called an offensive foul on Pierce. It was a terrible call and instead of the Celtics getting 4 points, the Pistons got 2 points from the line. After a 20-6 run to close the period, the Pistons led 68-60 at the end of 3.
The Celtics started the 4th with Pierce, KG, Sam, Posey and Powe. The Pistons scored first to push the lead to 10, which was the biggest lead for either team in the game. Rondo then answered with a runner in the paint. And after Pierce fed Perk in the paint for a dunk and one, the lead was cut to 5. KG then hit 2 free throws to cut the lead to 70-67 with 8:48 left in the game. Pierce tied the game at 70 on a couple of free throws. The score then went back and forth until the Celtics took the lead for good at 75-74, once again on a Pierce free throw. The final score was 89-81.
KG struggled early, picking up his 3rd foul with 3:09 remaining in the half. He was just 2-10 in the first half. He picked up his 4th foul with 7:16 in the third and his 5th with 3:17 left in the game. Three of those fouls were on bad calls by the refs. He came up big in the final period as he set the tone with his aggressiveness. He finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Paul Pierce once again carried the team as he finished with 27 points on 8-12 shooting to go with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. To Paul's credit, when that call went against him in the third quarter, he just shook it off and continued playing. He had every right to be upset, but he let his game do the talking.
Ray Allen hit some big shots scoring 17 points with 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Rondo did a great job of running the ball up and handling the Pistons' pressure. He hit a huge pull up jumper with the Celtics up 5 and 4 second on the shot clock to cap off a 23-6 run. He finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. Perk wasn't as dominant as he was in game 5, but he played very well, especially on the defensive end. He came up with a big steal and a couple of big blocks. He finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
The Celtics bench contributed in this game also as Posey finished with 3 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. He also played great defense down the stretch as the Celtics came back from the 10 point deficit to take the lead. PJ Brown also played well finishing with 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 block in 12 minutes. Sam still struggled but did have 2 points and 1 rebound in 11 minutes. Doc finally used Powe and as he always does, he came through with 4 points and 1 rebound and some good defense in just 6 minutes.
The game was a defensive struggle throughout with the Celtics shooting 44% and the Pistons shooting 42%. The Celtics had a 38-36 rebounding edge and also had 2 fewer turnovers. Now, for the first time in 21 years, the Celtics are in the finals. They will finally get a much needed rest before the finals start on Thursday. Let the chants of "Beat LA" begin!!!
The league is all up in arms about flopping all of a sudden. Manu Ginobili and Rip Hamilton have raised the art of flopping to an art form.
The refs too often reward the flopper with free throws. The league is now proposing to fine players for obvious flops. This begs the question as to who will decide what is a flop and what is a real foul. The refs in the NBA have proved to either be incompetent or officiating with an agenda for the most part. We see PJ Brown playing good defense on a drive with his hands straight up in the air and he is called for a flagrant foul. We see refs watch LeBron grab and hold Pierce's jersey and no call. We see Barry obviously fouled and no call. That no call could very well have decided that series. The league afterwards said it should be a foul but little good that does the Spurs after they lost that close game. We have seen Rip Hamilton being awarded free throws for several flops in this series alone. I guess the league will be combing through every game tape watching for flops so as to fine players and pad the NBA coffers. I doubt giving up a couple thousand dollars will stop any player from flopping as long as they still get the free throws for it from the refs. It's all about wins and losses and if a flop will get them 2 points, then what's a little bit of money. Teams may even pitch in to pay the fines for the better floppers. Hat tip to ProJo for the video.
Here is a video of Red ranting against flopping. With the help of Hall of Fame referee, Mindy Rudolph, they give the solution to flopping: just don't call it. Don't reward the flopper by giving him free throws eventually, as he watches his player go past him and score while he is lying on the floor, he will stop flopping.
The Celtics cannot come into tonight's game thinking that if they don't win this one, they have a game 7 at home to fall back on. This Pistons team is too dangerous to let them hang around. They have proved that they can win in Boston and they play their best basketball when they are desperate. The Celtics must see this as a must win and come out and play like it. I am a bit skeptical about Rip Hamilton's injury. I don't think it is as bad as they are trying to make it, but if he is injured, this is the Celtics best chance to close out this series.
I wouldn't put it past the Pistons to be making the injury up. Maybe he hit his funny bone in the game and they figured if they could lull the Celtics into thinking that Rip won't be 100% they could have an advantage. I just am skeptical and don't want to depend on him being at less than 100% because I can see him coming out and taking over the game early because the Celtics expect him to play hurt. The Pistons are a wiley bunch and I don't put anything past them.
The Celtics must come out strong in this game. Enough of the lackadaisical approach to games where they are not in a must win. There are articles all over the place saying how the Celtics don't have a killer instinct and how they are lacking something. They have had to prove themselves all season. First it was that they couldn't develop chemistry quick enough because of all the new players including 3 superstars. They did that. Then it was that they couldn't beat the top teams. They did that. Then it was that they couldn't win on the road. They did that. Then they said they couldn't win out West. They did that. Then the playoffs came along and the Celtics couldn't win on the road. They did that in game 3. Now, they are saying they don't have a killer instinct and can't close out the series on the road. Time to prove the critics wrong again Celtics and close this one out in 6.
Perk was fantastic in game 5. I just love this guy. Anyone who knows me knows that I have been a huge Perk fan since day one. I have said all along that Perk was going to break out and that he would be one of the top centers in the league one day and I have taken a lot of flack on the boards for it. Let's not forget that this kid is still just 23 years old and he is still going to get a lot better. Here is what KG had to say about Perk earlier in the season.
“Perk’s going to be a real big part of this team’s winning and this team’s progress. He’s very vocal. He has a very, very high IQ on how to play. He works really, really hard, and those things are refreshing. Not only that, but the way he communicates, the way he approaches the game, his work ethic . . . I like Perk a lot. You know we had some battles when we used to play against each other, and now that we’re on the same team, I love him. I love the fact that he’s beside me playing the way he plays. It makes it not only easier on me but easier on the other guys, also.”
The Celtics have been very effective when they go inside to Perk or to KG when Perk is creating space for him inside. Doc needs to stay with the game plan to keep Perk on the court in game 6. He gives us something that the Pistons don't have. A tough inside presence and that gives the Celtics an advantage and they need every advantage they can get.
After Rasheed's tirade against the refs could also play in the Celtics' favor. Hopefully every official heard that and will be determined that Sheed doesn't get another call the rest of the way. At least maybe they will give the Celtics a fair shake in this game and that would be much better than the one sided officiating we have seen in many of these games. It was pretty ironic that Rasheed was talking about floppers when one of the biggest floppers in the league is Rip Hamilton. Poor Rip will be a lot lighter in the wallet next season if the league goes through with fining players for flops. With Sheed's comments fresh in the officials' minds and Rip possibly being less than 100%, this may be the Celtics best shot at closing this series out. They need to take advantage of it and come out aggressively from the start.
The Lakers have already clinched a finals berth. The Celtics need to get this done now as the Lakers are going to be sitting home resting up and the Celtics desperately need some rest themselves. I don't want another game 7. Hopefully the Celtics don't want another game 7. Yes, it would be nice to clinch in front of your own fans, but I am sure the fans will be quite happy to see their team clinch in Detroit. Not a problem. Get it done!!!
Speaking of the Lakers, I dispise that team. I can't stand Kobe Bryant. Everyone has forgotten the rape accusation and suddenly he is the darling of the league. I get sick to my stomach every time I hear him talk about how his teammates are like brothers. These are the same brothers he was throwing under the bus this summer when he was demanding a trade to get away from them since they were such losers. Contrast this with Paul Pierce who has been a team player even in the team's lowest spots. I just can't stand the guy and now, no matter what, the mission is to keep Kobe from winning the title.
Back to game 6 after the brief anti-Kobe tirade. The Pistons have never won the Eastern Conference Finals after being down 2-3. The Celtics are a perfect 29-0 in series that they have led 3-2. History is on the Celtics side. But then again, in this year's playoffs, the Pistons are 5-0 in games after a loss. We know they are going to come out fired up and are going to put pressure on the Celtics to try to disrupt them. It will come down to focus, intensity and defense. In every loss in these playoffs, the one constant is that the Celtics played half hearted. In the losses, they didn't bring their defense and they didn't bring their intensity. The Celtics have beaten themselves in every loss. If they play their game, play tough defense, move the ball, and be aggressive in going to the basket, they will win this game. It is up to them.
Here are comments found around the Pistons boards during game 5 with the Celtics. It amazes me that even with his solid play against them 3 games in a row, they refuse to give Perk any credit at all. I love the Rip Rat that someone posted. Too funny. These are definitely more fun to read when we win. Enjoy.
The team that wins game 5 usually win the series. We beat them in Boston in game 2 and we might do it again in game 5. I doubt mcdyss would have a game like in game 4 , but chauncey should play better.
Brian Scalabrine is going to be activated for Boston for tonight's game.
We're doomed. I still get violent flashbacks from that game where he hit all those 3's....
Pistons must stay aggressive and regain control of these series. Put an end to the Celtics media hype!!!!
There's little room for error tonight and I think it's time for the Pistons to "RUN" as much and as long as they can tonight. Boston's GOT TO be getting tired by now.
Most people outside of Boston think the Pistons will win tonight.
When Kendrick Perkins is eating the Pistons up inside there's a problem.
Clear path foul...damn that's lucky. Pistons getting some home town love from the refs on the road.
Perkins almost had a double double in the first quarter with 8 points and 8 rebounds. I hate Kendrick Perkins
Flagrant he?? Ummm.....ill take it? Refs giving Pistons a lot of love in this game.
That was not a flagrant foul at all. That's a BS call.
Officiating definetly a bit iffy early
Most of the bad calls going the Pistons way so I will take it.
12 points and 13 rebounds at the half for Dwight How...Kendrick Perkins.
A role player has more rebounds then the entire Detroit roster... Ouchies
Thought I would never say this, but we have to find away to stop Perkins, especially with the rebounds.
Perkins? Man, if KG kills us its one thing...but Perkins?
You guys know its gonna be LA Boston final, it will go 7 though so they can milk it for all it is worth
Unless there's a monumental collapse by the Celtics this one's in the books.
Random question: would shanking Ray Allen on the shot be considered a flagrant foul?
Only if it's bad enough to be considered a shivving.
You do remember this Boston squad has a player that got stabbed 11 times so not a good choice of words.
Rip poked in the eye by Ray Allen, no foul called Breen calls it inadvertent
Ok that was a pure flail by Billups. I'll take it but that was just funny.
Is really Rondo that dumb, fouling a jump shooter.
Perkins T'd up! Not a great call, but ill take a point
Make up tech?
Rip Hamilton is a wuss. Ow my eye. Ow my elbow.
The Celts played a good game, give credit where credit is due.
Kendrick Perkins played an unusually good game. He gets the credit.
Yep Kendrick Perkins can join Sideshow Bob of the Cavs on Dice's list of players who get the best of him in money games.
We are in bad shape if Hamilton is down for game 6. Short of that, I'm still optimistic about this. I think people are going to count us out. We needed to win one of the two Boston games. We played/executed badly in this game and almost stole it. If we hold home court Friday, it's anyone's series.
Word is Rip sprained his shooting elbow when Ray Allen held him during a screen (or as Boston fans recall it,when Rip choked Ray )
According to a few Boston fans, Rip held Ray Allen in a choke hold/head lock and even if he's able to play game 6, he should be suspended by the league (according to these fans) for Rips stellar WWE wrestling moves.
No way Perkins plays like that twice. He's a "scrub"... And scrubs only get to do that ONCE.
Yeah, Perkins is definitely a li'l slow. I hope he treasures tonight because he won't be seeing that kinda night again for a while.
It was a great comeback. You want to give the Pistons credit for that. But what they didn't do for so long - rebounding - was so glaring they really had no buisness being in this game. Tough loss but it's one they deserved. If they won it I would've been dancing in the street and watching it all over right now for the fun of it. But let's not kid ourselves. The Pistons flat out deserved to lose this game with that rebounding effort for most of the game.
The fact that they out-rebounded Boston down the stretch makes on wonder what hell was wrong with them for the rest of the game? If you can do it for 10 minutes, why can't you at least keep pace for 48? This team is infuriating. If they stay within 10 boards of Boston -- and that's getting killed on the glass, mind you -- Detroit wins this game.
I still think Boston is the better team. I have no problem if the Pistons lose.
I say the Pistons shouldn't step onto the court in games 6 and 7 till Boston is up 15 or 20 points. Then they will have plenty of time for the comeback.
Boston is also much better then Cleveland was last year. Nobody wants to admit that Boston is a good team.
I thought Boston was pretty much garbage before the series started. Now I think they are a pretty darn good team. Starting in game 7 of the Cleveland series and continuing in this one, Paul Pierce has impressed the hell out of me. I never thought he was that good of a player before.
I think Boston is better. Garnett and Pierce can carry their team, and are better players then anybody Detroit has to offer. Allen would be 2nd best behind only Billups. Their defense was just as good as Detroit's, and their point differential was best on the NBA.
It seems like every other posession there are 3 blue jerseys standing around and somehow a white jersey comes out of nowhere to get another rebound.
Both teams came to play in this game. The Celtics got out to a 10-5 lead, but the Pistons kept it close and the score was tied at 23 at the end of one quarter. Perk set the tone with 8 points and 8 rebounds in the opening period as he played the entire quarter along with Pierce and Rondo.
Perk got a layup to start the second quarter and Hamilton answered with a jumper to start the second quarter. On the next play, PJ went up to block a shot and was called for a flagrant foul. This was a terrible call and it gave the Pistons some momentum as they built a 35-30 lead with 9:58 to go in the quarter. They took their biggest lead at 42-36 with 4:58 left in the half. The Celtics went on a 16-4 run to end the half to take a 52-46 lead at the half.
The Celtics came out strong to start the third quarter and opened up the first double digit lead at 56-46 with 10:49 to go in the third. The Celtics continued to build on the lead and finished the quarter up 84-71.
In the 4th quarter, the Celtics allowed the Pistons to climb back into the game. The Pistons picked up their defensive intensity and that took the Celtics away from their game, making too many soft lob passes, taking too many quick shots instead of moving the ball. The Pistons got to within 1 point at 100-99 with 1:17 to play. Ray Allen hit a big shot to give the Celtics a 3 point lead with 59 seconds to play. After a miss on both sides, Stuckey was fouled and hit both free throws to once again cut the lead to 1. Rip Hamilton left the game with an elbow injury which could be significant for game 6 since Hamilton is one of the Pistons' main weapons. Ray Allen and KG both hit clutch free throws down the stretch and they played tough defense to win the game 106-102.
The player of the game was Kendrick Perkins. He finished the game with 18 points, 16 rebounds and 2 blocks. He set the tone early and was a big reason that the Celtics out rebounded the Pistons 42-25. Perk did everything in this game including getting a steal in the 3rd quarter and taking it all the way to the hoop where he was fouled and hit both free throws. It was that kind of night for Perk. I have to say that I always knew that Perk could play like this. I have been one of his biggest fans since day one and it is really great to see Perk coming up big in this series.
Ray Allen was huge in this game with 29 points on 9-15 shooting and hit the clutch shot and free throws to help put the game away. His confidence in his shot is back and that is a good sign for the Celtics. He also has 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Paul Pierce was double and triple teamed almost every time he got the ball and scored only 16 points, but he found his teammates for 6 assists and pulled down 5 rebounds. Rondo once again had a solid game. He missed several layups and shot only 3-14, but he had 13 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals and only 1 turnover in almost 46 minutes. Sam Cassell played only 2 minutes and contributed absolutely nothing except 1 turnover.
KG had a big scoring night, hitting big shots as the shot clock wound down time after time. He finished with 33 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. The Celtics bench contributed only 3 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. The Pistons bench came up big with 21 points. The Celtics outscored the Pistons in the paint 36-18 and they had 19 fast break points to just 8 for the Pistons. The Celtics shot 51% while the Pistons shot 46%. The Pistons were 11-21 from beyond the arc and that kept them in the game. Chauncey Billups seemed to be past his hamstring injury as he scored 26 points with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Hamilton scored 25 points, hitting several big shots down the stretch as the Pistons cut into the lead at the end.
Game 6 is Friday and the Celtics have the momentum. They have proved that they can win in Detroit and the Pistons have concerns about their leading scorer as Hamilton left the game with an elbow injury and reports are that the x-rays were negative but he couldn't untie his shoes and left the locker room with his arm in a sling. So far, neither team has been able to win two games in a row but hopefully the Celtics can break that trend and close out this series in game 6.