For the next 2 days, TD Garden in Boston will be Center Stage for 2 critical, possibly historic sporting events. Tonight, LeBron James will lead the Cleveland Cavs vs. the Boston Celtics with the Cavs season on the line, as they trail the Best of 7 Series 3-2. And Friday, the Philadelphia Flyers will look to erase a 3-0 Series deficit and win Game 7 vs. the Boston Bruins.
Now that the Cavs are facing elimination tonight, there is much speculation that if the Cavs lose this Series, LeBron James may be playing elsewhere next season, as he’ll be a Free Agent this off season. Once again, the Cavs are the #1 Seed in the East and a favorite to win the NBA Championship and end the City of Cleveland’s excruciating Professional Sports Championship drought, which dates back to the 1960’s! LeBron was to be the superstar to end this drought, and he still can, but the overall task has become greater after the Cav’s embarrassing 30+ point lose in pivotal Game 5. What I can tell you, is that TD Garden will be rocking tonight as the hometown Celtics take the floor looking to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals in pursuit of their 2nd NBA Championship in the last 3 years.
There will either be confetti on the court or the Cavs & Celtics will be boarding a plane to Cleveland when the basketball court is transitioned to a sheet of ice for a “do or die” Game 7 between the Philadelphia Flyers & Boston Bruins. The Flyers will look to make history as only the 4th professional sports team ever to rally to win the final 4 gamesof a best of 7 series, looking to join the ’42 Toronto Maple Leafs and ’75 New York Islanders of the NHL, and ’04 Boston Red Sox of MLB, who stunned the New York Yankees in the ALCS en route to their first World Series Championship since 1918. The TD Garden, I’m sure, will be filled with nervous tension as the hometown Bruins take the Ice trying to avoid a Series collapse of historic proportions. What we already do know, is the winner of this Series will host Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the #8 seed Montreal Canadians, and be one step closer to advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.
So, going into Cavs-Celts Game 6 and Flyers-Bruins Game 7, there are a lot of questions that may or may not be answered. Will the Boston Celtics & Bruins both clinch trips to the Eastern Conference Finals? Will LeBron James play his final game as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers? Will the Philadelphia Flyers join an exclusive sports fraternity? We’ll find out soon enough, as all eyes will shift to Boston and Boston, “HERE WE COME”!
Tom Glatz, Bucks County, PA
I’ve lived in the Greater Philadelphia Region my entire life and have been watching/following sports since I was 5 years old! I have grown to love all that is Philly sports – Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, Eagles, Big 5, Army-Navy, etc. I love talking/chatting sports with those who like or hate the Philly teams. I tell it like it is, whether in favor of our Phillies or in favor of those DAMN YANKEES! 😀