A Bruins, Celtics playoff panorama

April 18, 2008 at 4:18 pm 1 comment

Boston’s basketball and hockey teams can sure generate postseason excitement after years of missing the playoffs. The Bruins haven’t made the postseason since 2004, while the Celtics last visited the playoffs in 2005. Now both teams are back.

They’re also looking at championship droughts (relatively speaking, of course, given the Red Sox’ 86 years between titles). The Bruins’ most recent Stanley Cup came in 1972, while the Celtics won their latest National Basketball Association championship in 1986. Can these teams buck precedent?

For the Bruins, they will have to evoke the resilience of last year’s Red Sox, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series. The Bruins trailed the Montreal Canadiens, their Eastern Conference quarterfinal foe, by the same margin before winning 5-1 on Wednesday night. Two more wins for the eighth-seeded B’s, and they can stun the No. 1 Habs.

The Celtics have a heap of high expectations to fulfill as they begin the playoffs. For a team that won just 24 games last season, they sure bounced back quickly, with an NBA-record 42-game turnaround in 2007-08. Can the Celtics’ new top trio, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett — none of whom has won a championship — continue to delight fans in the postseason? We’ll find out as the top-seeded Celtics begin the playoffs against the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

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  • 1. Doc's Sports Predictions Guy  |  April 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I am not one of these bitter sports fans that just roots against Boston sports just because they are having success in every sport. I haven’t really followed the Bruins, but the Celtics are a great story.

    Boston’s turnaround was the greatest in NBA history from one season to the next, and they certainly are the favorite to advance from the Eastern Conference. However, I still need to see them take down a team from the West in a long series before I label them as the favorite in the entire playoffs.

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