By celtics writer
By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Celtics have had a lot of memorable evenings during their existence. It’s kind of hard not to when the franchise owns 17 banners.
The night of June 12, 2008 ranks right up there with the best of them. It’s a night we’ll one day gather youngsters around a rocking to regale about, the night the Celtics pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in NBA Finals history.
Led by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the Celtics went into the evening with a 2-1 series lead on the Los Angeles Lakers. It was the middle game of their three-game stay in L.A., and Boston was looking to bounce back from a Game 3 loss and take a commanding series lead.
The odds of that happening didn’t look too great after the first 12 minutes, as the Celtics fell into into a 35-14 hole after the first quarter. As the deficit ballooned to 24 points in the second quarter, it seemed inevitable that the series would be tied 2-2 series heading into Game 5, which would have been an all-out war for a series lead. It wasn’t a great feeling for Celtics fans, even if the final two games of the set would be back in...