Last night was one of the great regular season New England sports nights of all time. While the Pats deservedly get all the headlines, what the C's did out in Utah should serve notice to all those who think this team is not very, very good. The Celtics, in short, should not have won last night. The Jazz are superb at home, and they shot the lights out for much of the evening. But playing their third game in four nights the C's clamped down again when it mattered most, and managed to pull out a victory. I don't know if it was the most impressive win of the season, but if not it was something close. Tommy proved clairvoyant (he's getting good at this) when he said that Pierce would pull the the team through in the second half after being invisible in the first. Sure enough, he did. PP's second half stat line: 24 points and 6 boards. Ah, the beauty of having three stars.
This Jazz victory might not be against an "elite" team, but given the setting and the circumstances I think you would be very foolish to discredit anything the C's did last night. That was a gutsy win, and there have been quite a few of those this season. 25 and 3. Unbelievable. It will be icing on the cake if they can beat L.A. tonight, but even if they lose by 20 this has to be considered an excellent road trip. Expect to hear about the 72 win Bulls for a while longer.