The Celtics beat the Pistons 89-81 to advance to the finals after winning in six games. I have to admit that I didn't expect Boston to win tonight. Despite all the talk about injuries for Hamilton and others, they should have come out with a lot more desperation. The end of the game was what hurt them; each three pointer they took was way off.
Points in the last two minutes of quarters were actually tied in this game. Boston won the most important quarters (the first and fourth quarters). If you are the Pistons, you are looking at the window with the Spurs. It is shutting and I don't think it's going to be easy to slip through the cracks (especially for the Spurs).
Now, it Boston and LA (hooray for the NBA's marketing)! This is going to be a great series that starts next Thursday. I don't want to predict the winner yet, but each team has impressed me in their closeout games. LA is a lot fresher so that's a big factor. I will continue to look at this match up and give you my thoughts on who will take home the NBA hardware. Stay with Basketball Notes by Alex for great finals coverage, I've got some cool things planned!