Friday, March 21, 2008


The term "clutch" is one of the most over-used and under-defined words in sports. I've always defined clutch as coming through with MAXIMUM performance in the most difficult AND important of times within a game. No player truly is "clutch." Guys like David Ortiz are simply clutch very often. And guys like Alex Rodriguez are rarely clutch.

Last night, the Celtics were clutch. They outscored Dallas 28-20 in the 4th. Ray Allen made a monstrous 3 pointer with 0:31 left to give Boston a two point lead. Garnett defended Nowitski perfectly, within an inch of fouling him, forcing a missed lay-up with 0:21 on the clock. James Posey made two free throws to make it a 92-88 game. KG made two free throws with 0:05 left to ice the game at 94-90.

The Celtics are 7-0 this season against the Southwest Division (Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans), arguably the best division in the NBA.

I like hockey better than basketball, but watching the Celtics beat Dallas (I now hate Dallas because of their new point guard) made me feel better after witnessing the Bruins collapse 4-1 to Montreal.

The Celtics look to go 8-0 against the Southwest on Saturday when they go to New Orleans.


Photo Credit:
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

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