Bost: The Finals Chapter

"Oh, come on!!! You aren't even going to explain the Polar Bear?!?!" (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

(Just in case you were worried, I guess I have to confirm that this article contains no "Lost" spoilers.  I can't promise it won't reveal the outcome of the Finals though...)

It's been a dizzying and confounding ride, but at last we have reached the journey's end.  Such was the uncertainty and confusion that many people gave up and stopped watching a while back, but for those that remained, the way things developed was as exciting and rewarding to watch as it was dumbfounding.

So, here we are at the conclusion of the tale, but questions still remain and nobody can be 100% sure that things are as they seem.

Whoa...starting to get a bit heavy there.  Time for a musical interlude to lighten to mood:

(To) move into the finals (you) gotta beat Gortat and Pietrus
Move into the finals, gotta beat Gortat and Pietrus
Move into the finals, gotta beat Gortat and Pietrus
Move into the finals, gotta beat Gortat and Pietrus

Pietrus comes from near Cannes, he was picked up by Stan Van
To shoot jumpers from downtown
And Marcin Gortat didn't score, after game two from the floor
And I know this bit doesn't rhyme or scan properly, but JJ Reddick is also annoyingly efficient

(To) move into the finals (you) gotta beat Gortat and Pietrus
Move into the finals, gotta beat Gortat and Pietrus
Move into the finals, gotta beat Gortat and Pietrus
Move into the finals, gotta beat Gortat and Pietrus

Williams to Pietrus, Pietrus for three
Williams to Pietrus, Pietrus for three
Williams to Pietrus, Pietrus for three
Williams to Pietrus, Pietrus for three

Look out!


(Is anyone else as relieved as me to see the last of that Orlando bench?)

Anyway, back to convoluted and tenous TV analogies that don't really make much sense:
Along the way, we learned many things. 

- Tom Thibodeau is definitely "a candidate"

- Even if you think they do, the numbers don't matter.  Once this was realized, this led to a huge leap forward.
 
- You do need to flip that switch...unless you can find somebody else to press your buttons for you.

- Though someone may look exactly the same, they might behave and act completely differently.  Witness Good Tony and Bad Tony.  And Injured Tony.  Most importantly of all, let's hope we witness the return of the guy from the first two series...Phat Tony.

- Sometimes, watching playoff basketball can be torture.

- Every show has a star performer, but you have to watch out for the "others"

- In a sudden flash of light, you can be transported through time and space.  One minute everyone you're surrounded by is battle-weary, damaged and fading (#wordAARP), then the next you find yourselves in a period of time where people are using words like "spry" to describe Kevin Garnett and Pierce and Allen are racking up 20+ point nights with regularity.  You might even find yourself transported into a future controlled and dominated by a certain youngster.

Heading into the Finals Chapter, what can we expect to happen?

Personally, I don't like to make predictions, but I did back in 2008, predicting a 7-0 series sweep for the Celtics.  Of course, I was joking, but when Bob Ryan dubbed the 2008 finals "the six game sweep", this (sort of) meant that I made the closest prediction in the world.

So, I'm going to have to do it again.  Celtics win 7-0.  Here's hoping I am at least four-sevenths correct again.  Here's to a great series, but at the end of the day, hopefully it's going to be the Lakers that have "lost".

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