Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages, the Boston Celtics proudly bring to you the 3-Point Chammmmmmmpion of the World, “Jesus Shuttleworth” Raaaaaaaaay Alllllllen! 2,562 career 3-pointers and counting for Ray Allen as he became the all-time 3-point king last night against the Lakers, surpassing Reggie Miller’s old record of 2,560. And if you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya . . . yeah, I did just do a D-Generation X parody, whatcha gonna do about it?
Unfortunately, the record was about the only highlight of the evening, as the Celts lost a hard-fought battle against the Lakers, 92-86. The Celtics had a 15-point lead at one point, but the Lakers remained poised and eventually took control. Kobe Bryant showed why he is one of the best, if not the best, closers in the game, hitting clutch shots down the stretch in the 4th quarter. Things don’t get any easier for the Celtics, as they play the Miami Heat on Sunday.
In other news from Causeway Street, the Bruins/Canadians rivalry is back and heated. The Bruins beat the Canadians, on the scoreboard and physically, Wednesday night. The final score was 8-6, the most goals allowed this season by Tim Thomas. The game was extremely physical and there were plenty of fights in this one, including a brief skirmish between the goalies. The true carnage happened with about 50 seconds left in the game. Words can’t do justice, so, just sit back and enjoy.
One player that wasn’t dressed for the Canadiens game is young-star, Tyler Seguin. With Marc Savard now out for the season, it is time for this kid to shine. He’s shown signs of brilliance at times, but hasn’t been able to put it together for a long stretch of time like other rookies (see Logan Couture and Jeff Skinner). The Bruins have been easing him along this year, having him play the wing to take some pressure off him in terms of defensive responsibility. I think now is the time to start giving him more responsibility and see how he responds. Every moment he plays is a moment he can learn and grow. He hasn’t had an immediate impact that many hoped for, but make no doubts about it, this kid will be a star for years to come and the future on Causeway Street is bright because of him and the young nucleus of this time (Bergeron, Krejci, Rask, Marchand, and others). Perhaps Seguin starts taking the steps to greatness this weekend against the best team in the West, the Detroit Red Wings. These games could be a preview of the Stanley Cup Finals and should see some stellar goaltending from both sides with Tim Thomas and Jimmy Howard (UMaine alum, represent!).
To close this up, Red Sox pitchers and catcher officially report to camp on Sunday! Spring is on the way and it can’t come soon enough. With the way the Celtics and Bruins have been playing and the way Red Sox are shaping up, it could be a very exiting Spring and Summer in New England.