It doesn’t get better than two Game 7s in less than 24 hours, as long as Boston doesn’t lose both

It doesn’t get better than two Game 7s in less than 24 hours, as long as Boston doesn’t lose both

The Bruins and Celtics have shared space in Boston since 1946 and have never played Game 7 in consecutive days. Dallas, believe it or not, has two games on Sunday 7 (both on the road), the Mavericks face the Suns in Phoenix and the Stars fight the Flames in Calgary.

Saturday’s game in Raleigh, NC, puts the Bruins 15-14 in Game 7. They won just one game on the road, and it was in Vancouver in 2011, when Bergeron and Brad Marchand scored all the goals in the game. a 4-0 victory to win the Stanley Cup.

The Celtics are the Green Godfather of Game 7 of the NBA, with a record of 24-9. Bill Russell, cel boss of all boss from Game 7, he won 10 out of 10 final confrontations.

The Celtics and Bucks from 2021-2022 respected Russell’s legacy in their two-week frantic ode to Ali-Frazier. Road teams won four of the six, with no teams winning two in a row. The Bucks seemed to have cut the hearts of the Celtics at the end of Wednesday’s game, just to be avoided by Jayson Tatum on Friday at the Fiserv Forum. The Tatum-Giannis Antetokounmpo duel of Game 6 sparked memories of Larry Bird vs. Dominique Wilkins (1988) and Paul Pierce vs. LeBron James (2008).

It seems that these Celtics are ready to move on to the next level. They are favored in Game 7 and seem equipped to face the Heat in the conference final.

The alternative is inconceivable. In no case can Boston lose two Game 7 matches in two days. Our local sports The seventh heaven cannot be the seventh circle of hell.

▪ Hall of Fame columnist Bill Madden reports in the New York Daily News that former Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino is forming a group in an attempt to buy the Washington Nationals.

▪ Gino Cappelletti was a prince. It should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was Mr. Patriot, and we all loved him. RIP.

▪ Get up and boo Astros when they come to Fenway if you want, but you’re wasting your time. Not many cheats from 2017 yet, the Red Sox were also caught and punished for cheating (nothing at the Astros level) in the same era, and the Astros were a much better organization than the top and bottom . Bostons in the last six seasons. Houston entered Saturday night with a record of 22-11 and 11 consecutive victories. The Astros have reached the World Series in three of the last five seasons, becoming the second team in history to play in the five consecutive series of American League championships. They have replaced Carlos Correa and look set to win AL West for the fifth time in six seasons. They managed to send, develop and spend – just like the old Red Sox in Theo Epstein’s day – before the Boston property moved to Tampa Bay Way.

Tom Brady may be smiling after news of his $ 375 million TV deal with Fox came out this week.John Tlumacki / Globe Staff / The Boston Globe

▪Questionnaire: Name 11 members of the baseball team who did not play a game before 1975 and continued to play their entire career with a single team (answer below).

▪ Last week we learned that Tom Brady – who rarely said anything interesting – will be paid $ 375 million in 10 seasons to comment on Fox NFL games as soon as he finishes playing. Swell up. So what happened to Tom “spending more time with his family”? And how much money is ever enough? What if it’s awful? It will be nice to have Tom in the press box with us (I wonder how he will like the hot dogs from the break), but something tells me that this will be a short career or he might it doesn’t happen at all.

▪ Stid, I hardly knew you.

▪ With the Heat and Panthers alive in their playoffs, Miami has the best chance of becoming the first sports market to win the Stanley Cup and the NBA Championship in the same spring. Hard to believe it was never done. Boston’s best chance came in 1957, when the Red Auerbach / Bill Russell / Bob Cousy Celtics won their first championship and the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup final before losing to (someone else?) Montreal. The 1958 Celtics and Bruins reached the final and lost. In 1974, the Celtics defeated the Bucks for the NBA Championship, but Bobby Orr and the Bruins lost the Cup final to the Flyers in six.

▪ Clash of the World: In November 1993, young Montreal Expos CEO Dan Duquette bought 22-year-old Dodgers pitcher Pedro Martinez for the fast second baseman Delino DeShields. Both Pedro and DeShields have ties to professional basketball. When Al Horford was about 10 years old, his mother, Arelis Reynoso – a television reporter from the Dominican Republic – interviewed Pedro while Martinez was still at Expos. DeShields’ daughter Diamond DeShields – a 6-foot, 1-inch goalie – won the WNBA championship as a member of the Chicago Sky in October last year, just 21 months after a tumor was removed from her spinal cord.

▪ When does Deshaun Watson have time for football? Browns’ new quarterback is being prosecuted by 22 women who accused him of sexual misconduct. He was tested in statements for seven of the applicants. There are seven more, there are 15 more.

▪ Denver’s Nikola Jokic will try to become only the fourth NBA player to win three consecutive MVP awards next year. The only three who did it were Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird. Which means Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson never won back to back.

▪ Former NBA center Adreian Payne, 31, was shot and killed in Florida last weekend. Payne was on the Michigan State team that defeated Tommy Amaker’s best Harvard team (27-5), 80-73, for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen in 2014.

Jayson Tatum’s diving photo is reminiscent of another iconic Boston sports photo …Jim Davis / Globe Staff

▪ Veteran Globe photographer Jim Davis had a great week on the field, covering the Celtics-Bucks. Davis’s photo from a day after a Jayson Tatum horizontal shot with a one-handed shot just inches from the field reminded some good readers of the Globe of the iconic photo of the Mother’s Day goal in Orr, which became a statue outside the garden. Davis Tatum’s shot was broadcast in the sports pages from May 10, at the age of 52, until the day Orr won the Stanley Cup with his aerial game.

… when Bobby Orr was horizontal to win the Stanley Cup in 1970.RAY LUSSIER / BOSTON HERALD AMERICAN by AP / File 1970

▪ Seventy-eight-year-old Celtics fan Paul Luther remembers being hitchhiked by Russell in 1960: “After basketball training at Matignon, I walked to Alewife Brook Parkway and hiked home to Stoneham. One night a new Cadillac stopped for me and it was Bill Russell! He asked me where I was going and went straight to my house. We talked about basketball all the time. He told me that I should study hard and stick with it. ” These days, Luther teaches Level 1 ESL to adult immigrants in Lawrence.

▪ Do you still think Chris Sale was worth the deal? Sale, who will not be vaccinated and whose return has been postponed until after the Red Sox’s next trip to Toronto, has won 11 games in four seasons since signing his five-year, $ 145 million contract. Meanwhile, 26-year-old Michael Kopech, one of the potential White Sox for sale, came in this weekend with a 0.93 and 30 strikeouts in 29 innings in six starts. Yoan Moncada, also bought for Sale, has returned from the injured list and plays third base every day for Chicago. Switch-hitter Moncada is a .261 career hitter who has a 25 home run season in his resume, which would make Jimmie Foxx in the Red Sox 2022.

▪ I can’t wait to get my hands on “In Scoring Position”, a new book by Bob Ryan from Globe and guru Bill Chuck. Ryan, the de facto basketball commissioner, is a baseball scientist and has kept the score for every game he has played since he was a guy at the Globe’s Sox in 1977. I hope there is a special section dedicated to Reggie Cleveland’s infamous 18 shots . complete victory over the Tigers in ’77. I guarantee you that Ryan used the phrase “18 scattered hits” in his game story.

▪ Also: How about Grayson Allen as young Ted Cruz (who inspires more anger?). What about Tony La Russa and Johnny Cash?

▪ Congratulations to Bob DeFelice, who took over as Bentley’s baseball coach for $ 1,500 in 1969, the year the man first stepped on the moon. The Winthrop native retired last weekend with 848 victories in 54 years, being the only coach of Bentley. Seven decades. There are many bus rides. DeFelice is in nine halls of fame.

▪ Questionnaire Answer: Barry Larkin (Red), Cal Ripken Jr. (Orioles), Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio (Astros), Edgar Martinez (Sailors), Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera (Yankees), Tony Gwynn (Padri), Kirby Puckett (Gemini), Alan Trammell (Tigers), Chipper Jones (Braves). Note: Jim Rice has played 24 games with the Red Sox since 1974 and does not qualify.


Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be contacted at daniel.shaughnessy@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @dan_shaughnessy.

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