"And here we are again," Celtics guard Ray Allen said, moments after the Game 7 victory over Chicago kept alive the team's chances of an unprecedented 18th NBA title. "This is a great time of the year for the fans in Boston. There's definitely more basketball, and it's right here coming on Monday."
Boston and Orlando split their four-game regular-season series, a record that is of little consolation for the Celtics because Kevin Garnett missed one and played 16 minutes in the other before aggravating the right knee injury that is expected to keep him out for the duration of the playoffs. He is expected to have surgery as soon as it's clear he won't be ready to help in the postseason.
"We didn't win either game without Kevin," said Rivers, a former Magic coach and still an offseason resident of Orlando. "And so we're going to have to go and find out why."