Boston Celtics defeat Cleveland Cavaliers, 97-87

This was beyond stardom and fullcourt dominance.

This was more than most of the guys in the rafters ever did. This was in the Cousy, Havlicek, Bird arena. Actually, it was better.

Put it this way: Four games have been played between the Celtics and Cavaliers and Rajon Rondo is enjoying a much better series than the best player in the world.

The Celtics squared the conference semifinals (the only NBA series currently worth watching) yesterday with a 97-87 victory over...

Fool LeBron James once and they’ll say you got lucky. Fool him three times?

Layup show.

In the second half of yesterday’s 97-87 Game 4 win by the Celtics over the Cavaliers at the Garden, Tony Allen played a role in three fast breaks that ended in baskets for the home team rather than the spectacular come-from-behind blocks James has made ubiquitous on NBA highlights.

The layup drill injected energy into the crowd and was representative of a Celtic approach that c...

Along with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, he’s still a part of the Celtics’ Big Three, but Kevin Garnett’s role is different for the team these days.

Oh, Garnett still has game, as he showed in yesterday’s 97-87 win over the Cavaliers, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.

He scored 18 points, pulled down six rebounds, and was a defensive presence at key moments when his team needed a boost. But Garnett was not the main story for the Celtics....