Green Monsters

While the rest of the city had their minds set on Opening Night between the Red Sox and Yankees across town, it might have been easy to forget about the Celtics. There’s still a lot of basketball to be played, just in case anyone forgot.

The Celts have been trying to right the ship, as it were, trying to shake off the memory of a few crushing losses in their current six-game homestand — no easy task, with King LeBron James in town with the Cavaliers. The hometown team eventually pulled off the much-needed win, but it sure as hell wasn’t pretty — they ended up squeaking by, 117-113, after blowing a 22-point lead.

A playoff-caliber finish, and if the chippiness between the teams was any indication, the postseason should be quite exciting should they meet again. Here’s a few scenes from the game, with a looser edit available for viewing and licensing in my archive gallery.

4.4.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins nails a dunk against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the TD Garden. The Celtics won, 117-113.

4.4.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo goes up for a layup past Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas at the TD Garden. The Celtics won, 117-113.

4.4.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen points to the bench after sinking a 3-pointer against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the TD Garden.

4.4.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Celtics fans heckle Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown as he is ejected by referee Monty McCutchen at the TD Garden.

4.4.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett tangles with Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison for a rebound at the TD Garden. The Celtics won, 117-113.

4.4.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen beats Cleveand Cavaliers forward LeBron James for a rebound at the TD Garden.

4.4.2010 — BOSTON — Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives past Boston Celtics guard Michael Finley at the TD Garden.

4.4.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce battles for a loose ball with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Anthony Parker at the TD Garden.

4.4.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, center, goes up for a loose ball against Cleveland Cavaliers forwards Antawn Jamison, left, and J.J. Hickson at the TD Garden. The turnover from the Cavaliers led to a Celtics possession for the final 3.7 seconds of the game, as they won 117-113.

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