Celtics/Bulls Game 7 Recap
Then and now.
by Andrew Beck
It was 25 years ago…June of 1984…Game 7—Magic versus Bird, Celtics versus Lakers, Jabbar vs. Parrish, Max, McHale and Worthy, DJ, Coop and Scott.
Game 7—this is for all the marbles—the championship. This was prime time. Win and the banner goes to the rafters, numbers are retired, legends built. Lose and in Boston no one remembers your name. Game 7 in the confines of a raucous, sweaty, crowed Boston Garden. CBS had the games then and it seemed like Sunday afternoons and Celtic Games 7’s were an annual event. There was that ugly parquet floor with dead spots that only the Celtics knew, referees who managed to swallow their whistles when a call was needed and seemingly always a Celtic win. Game 7s always went the Green’s way.
Michael (Jordan—in case you didn’t know) was starting his show down in Chapel Hill in 84—it was Larry and Magic that owned the NBA scene. Black and White, Green and Purple—Celtics and Lakers. It don’t get much better than that. Game 7 was the highlight of a long, hard fought series. You remember Rambis getting neck tied by McHale. Bird and Kareem elbow to elbow, Worthy choking some foul shots in LA and then killing them with jumpers and fast break dunks on the end of Magic’s sweet looks. And of course Kareem sky hooking his way past Parrish and McHale—all ending up where it was supposed to.
A Game 7 in the Garden.
By now the story is told. The Lakers needed a police escort to get from their hotel to the Garden. Maxwell told his teammates to jump on his back because he was ready to carry them. And he did. He finished with 24 points, 8 and 8. Bird had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Parish added 14 points and 16 rebounds, and DJ hit for 22 points. Game 7 where those that can do, where those that can’t go home….
by Sammy Newman-Beck
Game 7… Boston vs. Chicago. Young PG vs. Young PG. UConn guard vs. UConn guard. Young up and comers vs. former NBA champs. This is Game 7 in Boston. This is Game 7 with no KG. This Game 7 with a win shows the strength of the Celtics. With a loss, this Game 7 could mean the slow demise of a one-year wonder. Without KG, this Game 7 is for all the marbles. This is the championship, this first round Game 7, No. 7 vs. No. 2 matchup. For Boston, this is everything.
As I head to the Garden as a reporter, I cannot not help but feel excited. I am a born Bostonian. Am I biased, yes, without a doubt. Do I want Boston to win, of course. Am I confident, not completely, but somewhere as my father wrote in his statement above mine, Game 7 is where it is supposed to be—in Boston, in the city where fans live and die by sports on a day-to-day basis.
Game 7 belongs here.
As I spoke to one front office NBA friend the questions loomed: Can Ray do anything else after putting up 51? His response? No. Can Pierce play a complete game, and not just show up in the 4th? Will Eddie House hit jumpers and will Doc make the right substitutions. This is Game 7. Where those that can do, and those that can’t… Yeah, you know the rest.
The game started off as the previous games had and by now you all know the outcome. Back and forth, lead changes and ties. But it was at the 6:33 mark in the 2nd quarter where as a Boston fan viewer and more-so student of the game, I realized Boston was going to win. It was at the 6:33 mark when due to some Starbury defense on BG that the Celtics forced the Bulls into a 24 second violation. It was then where I thought in my head, That looked like the Celtics defense with Kevin Garnett! The Green then went on a 16-2 run. Boston ended up winning that 2nd quarter 29-11 and took a 14-point lead into half.
At that point, with another half left to play I knew the game was over. At that point, in Game 7, in Boston I knew. This is what Game 7 is supposed to be. This Game 7 after all is said and done felt like the right ending. It was one year ago when the Celtics went seven games to against team they shouldn’t have (Atlanta) and after this Game 7, I felt the same way—Boston was supposed to win. Boston wins Game 7s. This was a No. 2 vs. No. 7, defending champs vs. newcomers.
For some odd reason, after all was said and done and I left the TD Banknorth Garden last night, I felt like this is what we all knew was going to happen. For some reason there’s an aura about this veteran squad. There’s something about Pierce and Ray still having to prove themselves, there’s a sense of adoration for Scal, Eddie and even newly acquired Starbury, there’s something about Game 7’s in Boston. Who knows what it is, but in Boston, this is where Game 7 should be.