I know Red Auerbach lit up a victory cigar up in heaven. He must be smiling, absolutely thrilled by the performance of the Celtics as they put away the Lakers in Game 6.
It was hard to believe the finale was a blowout of such an incredible stature. Blowout city is the best way to describe the dominant effort. Boston's defensive performance was special; it has been that way all season. Doc Rivers did an amazing job getting the big three -- Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce -- to buy into a team concept sharing the basketball on offense as well as performing on the defensive side.
The Celtics have been a force and architect Danny Ainge deserves a lot of credit for putting this squad together. He brought in veterans like P.J. Brown, Eddie House, James Posey and Sam Cassell to contribute off the bench. The development of Rajon Rondo at the point guard slot and the support of guys like Kendrick Perkins have been big-time factors.
It comes down to the Big Three setting the table. They sent a message by showing a burning desire from day one, wanting to ultimately earn that championship ring. Oh baby have they earned it as the city of Boston stands proud.
Look at what has happened in Beantown in recent years. The Patriots won three Super Bowls. If it wasn't for the Giants! … The Red Sox won a pair of World Series crowns. Now add the Celtics to the list. It could have been a trifecta, baby!
Still, two out of three this year isn't bad. They have every right to be celebrating.
It couldn't happen to a nicer guy than Rivers. He has to feel awful proud.