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, , , , , PAGE 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 18, 2015 HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss m~ c I would have taken Santa ff it wasn't for those elves. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All of My Readers II IIII II I[ II With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. We'll send the recipient an announcement of your gift. Their subscription will begin with our Christmas issue and continue for one year. 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Garden both in the present When you think of it, given the one and the historic facility that circumstances, that was one had preceded it. of the best things that could In fact, it was so good that it have happened to the Celtics. had to be extended to double They didn't have time to sit overtime no lessmuch like around and mope. They had to a theatrical performance that play again right way. Much like seems to continue as the actors golfers who must immediately remain on stage to the applause go from one hole to the next, of an enthusiastic audience, the Celtics had another game And although the then-un- to play and it resulted in a defeated Golden State Warriors victory. emerged with a 124-119 victory And what of Golden State? over the Celtics on Causeway The undefeated team also took Street on last Friday evening, to the air, landing in Milwaukee that's what'those who had been where less than 24 hours after privileged to witness the contest emerging with that hard-fought did in fact do. They stood and win over the Celtics, they would applauded. Even though the lose 108-95 to the Bucks, end- Celtics had come up a bit short, ing their remarkable 2015-2016 they continued to stand tall in unbeaten streak at two dozen the eyes of the fans. games. One team had to win and oneWarriors coach Luke Walton, had to lose there aren't any who spent his childhood years ties in basketball, in Cambridge when his father But in a way that's what itBill was playing for the Celtics, was a great game from startoffered praise for the team that to finish So many times when he was close to as a youngster. people say they saw a great"They're good," said Walton of game, they mean they saw a the current Celtics team. "We memorable finish. But this one knew that coming in. This is a didn't just have a memorable team that's coached very well. finish because of the double They get after it on defense. overtime. It was a great game They have versatile players that from start to finish, from the can switch off. They run a lot of beginning of the contest to its good sets and are really good end nearly three hours later, at home. We knew all of that How good was it? It was a coming into the game and they game where you wished therejust confirmed what we knew was a triple overtime, about them." It was a game that more than Concerning his own team, lived up to the hype that had Walton was more than satisfied been building up for days as with the double-OT win. "Our the Warriors came to Causeway guys just competed, and on a Street to face the Celtics in their night where we missed some only appearance in Boston this shots I feel we normally would season, make, they just found a way to It was a game that had an win. The fact that these guys afterglow to it, one that you found a way to win that game knew that you would remember, in double overtime (without one that the other 40 regular injured teammates KlayThomp- season home games would notson and Harrison Barnes) was surpass. In fact, when LeBron incredible." James and the Cleveland Cava- How memorable was the liers came to the Garden four game? It was a game where i~ans nights later, it almost seemed wanted to save their tickets like an undercard. There just not only as souvenirs but also wasn't the same atmosphere as proof that yes, they were in the building. Even though it there for one of the most re- was billed as a rematch between markable games in the history two teams that faced each other of the Celtics. in the playoffs last year, itdidn't They won't get a chance to come close to the game withsee the encore performance in Golden State. person though -- unless they "I thought our offense was re- want to travel to the west coast. ally stagnant," said head coach The next time the two teams Brad Stevens after losing 89-77 meet will be April 1 in Oakland to the Cavs. "I thought we were just 12 days before the end for whatever reason -- in the of the regular season. mud a little bit on offense." By then a lot more will be It was a game that stood inknown such as who the stark contrast to the previous Celtics will face in the playoffs. home game with the Warriors. It won't be the Warriors, since You know, it's tough," saidthat's a matchup that could Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk only occur in the finals of the after the game with Golden playoffs. That's a bit too much State. "We were there the whole to ask of the C's right now. But time. We had shots at the end of it's a team headed in the right regulation and overtime. So you direction. With all those future know, it's tough. But they're a draft picks that Danny Ainge good team, so you can't really has stockpiled, the coming hang your head too much." years look very bright indeed. WINTER, call Ma achusetts Travel & Tourism Web site at For a complimentary usetts Getaway Guide, call 1-800-447-MASS, ext. 300.