Philippines, 20 Oct 2018
  Home >> News >> List of Articles >> Homer D. Sayson

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        




 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Baņez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peņalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piņol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
List of Articles by Homer D. Sayson


 

TRUE CELTIC GRIT

By Homer D. Sayson
PhilBoxing.com
07 Jun 2008



CHICAGO -- As anticipated, Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals was breathtakingly exciting, filled with more action and peril than the latest Indiana Jones movie.

There are so many adjectives that can be attached to yesterday's spine-tingling basketball drama at the TD Banknorth Garden, but one verb keeps coming back to me like a bad dream --- lift.

Yep, that's exactly what Game 1 was largely about: Paul Pierce being lifted out of the parquet floor due to an injury, only to come back and lift his Celtics barely over the stubborn Lakers.

And as the whole sports world watched, it cannot help but feel uplifted by energy and inspiration that 6-foot-7, 235-pound Pierce injected into a dogfight that saw 13 lead changes and 12 ties.

And when the smoke dissipated, it was Celtics 98, Lakers 88. With a 1-0 series lead, Boston crawls to within three games of it's 17th NBA title and the first since 1986, when Larry Bird and Co. grounded the Houston Rockets, 4-2.

Pierce, the 32-year old Celtics captain, provided more than just the intangible emotional spark. He also had 22 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He made 7-of-10 field goals, 3-of-4 triples and 5-of-7 free throws.

Compounding the Lakers' woes was the brilliance of Kevin Garnett's all-around game.

KG, aka The Big Ticket, punched one of his more memorable playoffs performances.

The 7-foot Garnett finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, and when Game 1 tilted in the balance, Garnett molested the rim for a backboard-breaking dunk that gave Boston a 94-86 cushion with 1:32 left to play.

Not to be overshadowed by his peers, Rey Allen joined the assault and chipped in 19 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists. And with the Big Three on high gear, they proved to be too good, too much for the visiting Lakers.

Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant and his vaunted MVP wings failed to launch. The Lakers superstar looked very human with 24 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.0 turnovers. He missed 17 of 26 shots and was 0-for-3 beyond the 3-point arc.

I picked the Lakers to win this best-of-7 championship series in six games. Ouch.

CELEBRITY WATCH. The NBA Finals attracts celebrities the way light attracts moths. And yesterday's Game 1 wasn't an exception.

Among those seen courtside was bigtime movie star Bruce Willis, who came arm and arm with a drop-dead gorgeous Victoria Secret model.

In way, the Lakers were like Bruce Willis yesterday. They died hard.

Also in attendance was Ellen Pompeo, star of the ABC TV hit Grey's Anatomy. Mmusic legend James Taylor the American National Anthem.

ROCK LOBSTER. One of the perks of being a credentialed writer in the NBA Finals is the free pre-game meal provided for the members of the working press.

Yesterday at the TD Banknorth Garden, my sportswriting brethen were treated to a feast that included lobster. That would have been culinary nirvana for me.

You see, I'm a crustacean-loving guy. I love clams, oysters, shells and the like. And I only have one word for lobsters -- yummy. I hope the NBA and the Celtics will serve the same seafood delight when I travel to Boston for Games 6 and 7, if necessary.

homsay@hotmail.com

Top photo: Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is guarded by Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (L) and Kevin Garnett (R) during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball championship in Boston June 5, 2008. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Mike Segar.


Back to Homer D. Sayson's Articles Listing



Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Randy ready for KO artist
    By Joaquin Henson, 20 Oct 2018
  • Murata-Brant: Weigh-In Results
    By , 20 Oct 2018
  • Floyd Mayweather Says 70% Chance Khabib Fight Happens
    By , 20 Oct 2018
  • SPORTS ROUNDUP 21: CANELO WANTS TO REMATCH WITH MAYWEATHER
    By Maloney L. Samaco, 20 Oct 2018
  • GAMBOA WORKOUT AND VENUE UPDATE
    By , 20 Oct 2018
  • Floyd Mayweather, DJ Khaled Sued Over Alleged Cryptocurrency Scam
    By , 20 Oct 2018
  • Tyner and Chambliss Grudge Match Ready to Explode on October 26 in Detroit
    By , 20 Oct 2018
  • WBC Confirms its 3rd Women's Convention for Nov 16-19 in Manila, Philippines
    By Carlos Costa, 19 Oct 2018
  • ALVARADO VOWS TO BEAT PETALCORIN AND BRING THE BELT TO NICARAGUA
    By , 19 Oct 2018
  • What can stop the Warriors from winning a 3-peat?
    By Eddie Alinea, 19 Oct 2018
  • Oscar De La Hoya Says Mayweather's a Broke 'Lowlife,' Canelo Would Ruin You
    By , 19 Oct 2018
  • CANELO ALVAREZ RECIEVES RING MAGAZINE MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD TITLE AND POUND-FOR-POUND CHAMPIONSHIP BELT
    By , 19 Oct 2018
  • JASON QUIGLEY DEFENDS NABF MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST FREDDY 'EL RIEL' HERNANDEZ ON GOLDEN BOY BOXING ON ESPN
    By , 19 Oct 2018
  • UFC's Cris Cyborg Mentoring Danielle Bregoli, MMA Can Help You!
    By , 19 Oct 2018
  • Power Puncher Alvarado Arrives in Philippines Monday for Petalcorin IBF Rumble
    By Carlos Costa, 19 Oct 2018
  • How LeBron built his business empire
    By Eddie Alinea, 19 Oct 2018
  • Murata, Brant, Conlan, and Adorno Ready for Las Vegas Spotlight
    By , 19 Oct 2018
  • Saturday: Yarde-Sequeira to Highlight Afternoon of Boxing on ESPN+
    By , 19 Oct 2018
  • GM Gonzales, Rivera, Tan, Arquero save the day for Army vs Airforce
    By Marlon Bernardino, 19 Oct 2018
  • Snips and Snipes 18 October 2018
    By Eric Armit, 19 Oct 2018





  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2018 philboxing.com.