Boston Celtics: Game of the Year
The Celtics were involved in three of the 10 games nominated, including Rajon Rondo's triple-double performance in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The other two games were losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and fans voted the most painful of any defeat during the 2009-10 season as the league's top battle.
Game 7 of the NBA Finals, an 83-79 triumph for the Lakers, took the top spot in the poll. Los Angeles' regular-season 90-89 triumph at the TD Garden on Jan. 31, landed at No. 4, while Rondo's exploits against the Cavaliers checked in at No. 5.
Hop HERE to check out the complete Top 10. NBA TV will run hourlong specials on each game starting Tuesday, Aug. 3. Check that same page for broadcast dates and times for those Celtics contests (if you care to relive two of the more heartbreaking ones of the season).
It's one of three games involving the Celtics among the 10 on the ballot. Alas, the other two are remembered far less fondly by Boston fans. The first is the Lakers' triumph over the Celtics in the first regular-season meeting on Jan. 31, in which Kobe Bryant made a pull-up jumper over Ray Allen with 7.3 seconds remaining (and Ron Artest drew a flailing charge on Paul Pierce soon after).
The other? Los Angeles' Game 7 triumph in the NBA Finals. Worse yet for Celtics fans, that was winning the vote in a landslide in early returns.
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