A team effort pushes the Boston Celtics into the conference finals against last year's foe the Orland Magic. With Lebron James facing the potential spectre of his last game in Cleveland, the Cavaliers bench couldn't keep up with solid performances from the C's bench. Lebron did his part with a triple-double, but the team defense of the Celtics ensured his one man effort would only break, not bend the C's season. Doc Rivers continually emphasized team-work during televised time-outs and the Boston players delivered an uniting ubuntu effort. Oh, and the crowd did their part too, even getting a "New York Knicks, New York Knicks" chant into the game.
Lebron James' Attempt Not Enough
Though Lebron put up a triple-double stat line, his seven turnovers were mistakes his supporting cast was able to overcome. Unlike truly great NBA stars, Lebron simply does not make his teammates better. The Cavs put up solid individual performances; Mo Williams with 22 points, seven boards and four assists (but a disappearance in the second half); Shaq with 11 points in 24 minutes. But, the Cavs bench got outplayed by the Celtics bench and left NBA fans wondering Lebron Who?.
Celtics Bench Deliver Winning Edge
Rasheed Wallace, yes Rasheed Wallace, led the Celtics bench with 13 points and 3 rebounds. While at times Wallace's play proved frustrating, his 50% field goal and three point shooting night gave the Celtics two double digit scorers off the pine. Tony Allen added 10 points, 2 rebounds and 3 steals to go with Wallace's block and couple of steals. The Celtics bench didn't play to beat the Cavs on their own but by outscoring the Cleveland bench by 11 points proved to be the difference in the game.
Magic await the C's in Orland
Winning game 6 gives the Celtics a couple days to rest and prepare for Game 1 of the conference finals against the Orlando Magic. Tip-off is at 3:30 on Sunday. Dwight Howard and the Magic will have to shake off some rust from their post-sweep sabbatical but the C's too have to recharge after a difficult six game series.