Thursday , Mar , 06 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Can the Boston Celtics Keep the Pace?

One can only imagine what late May – and the Eastern Conference finals – will be like if these two teams are still playing each other. Celtics guard Ray Allen, after shooting the East to victory last month in the All-Star Game, had the conditions laid out by the Detroit Pistons’ Rasheed Wallace. ‘When we left (New Orleans), Rasheed said, ‘Thanks for winning me the money I got, but now you can kiss me where the sun don’t shine,’ said Allen, who, thankfully, didn’t have to work on his playoff pucker last night at the Garden.

From an offensively channeled Kevin Garnett, who scored a season-high 31 points, to Kendrick Perkins and his career-high 20-rebound performance, to a full-scale push from Rajon Rondo, all involved helped the Celtics get past their chief competition in the conference last night in a 90-78 victory over Detroit. The Celtics, a 24-win team last season, thus became the first team in the NBA to clinch a playoff spot last night. The Atlantic Division leaders, winners of six straight, will be making their first postseason appearance in three in which they never trailed. Click here for more from the Boston Herald.