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Without a doubt, May 7th, 2010 will go down in the history of Boston sports as one of the saddest and most unfortunate evenings on record. It looked promising, too. The Celtics, coming off an 18 point win AT Cleveland, had their hopes high. Rajon Rondo had orchestrated the offense like a maestro in Game 2, tallying 19 assists and spreading the ball around like no other time this season. For Game 3, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins were both cleared to play, along with the strong core that finally seemed to be coming together as they were during their championship run of 2008. To add to that, Elbow-Gate continued, as questions about Lebron James’ health loomed. It seemed like a beautiful perfect storm about to hit land and put the Celtics up 2-1. And then LeBron went “LeBron”.

On an fastbreak, pushing the ball with Jamario Moon, LeBron passed to Moon, who passed back to James, who threw down a 180 dunk in traffic, silencing the Garden crowd.

And that was really where the wheels fell off. In the end, the Cavs won by 29, 124-95. LeBron went for 38, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Clearly, that elbow was no problem. The sidekick they traded for halfway through the year, Antwan Jamison, did his job too, going for 20 points and 12 rebounds. The Cavs shot nearly 60% from the field, 90% from the free throw line, and outrebounded the Celtics by 15. They were beaten in every way, completely Jekyll and Hyde from Game 2.

Over on Yawkey Way, the Red Sox were beginning a three game set against the hated Yankees. After a rough start to the beginning of the year, the Red Sox pulled themselves back to .500 and things were looking up. With Josh Beckett on the mound against Phil Hughes, experience seemed to be on the Red Sox side. Josh Beckett looked good through three innings, until Nick Swisher busted things open in the 4th with a three run homerun. And, once again, that’s where the wheels fell off. With help from a six-run sixth inning, Beckett ended up with one of the worst outings of his career, giving up 9 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings of “work”. Phil Hughes, on the other hand, pitched typical Beckett-esque, going 7 innings and only giving up 2 earned runs, keeping his ERA at a rock-bottom 1.69. Yankees win Game 1 of the three game set, 10-3.

And of course, what would a sad day be without a bit of heartbreak? The Bruins, already up 3-0 in their series to the Flyers, were looking to close their series out on the road in Philadelphia. Tied at four going into overtime, Simon Gagne, just two weeks removed from having two screws implanted in his right foot, scored on the first line of overtime, sending the series to Game 5.

So what does it feel like to be beaten down emotionally AND physically in three separate contests? In few words, not good. The things that’s most distressing is the fact that each situation was different, but in the some way the same. Momentum was in the Celtics favor for Game 3, after such an abysmal performance from the Cavs in Game 2. The Red Sox were finally back at .500 and the bats finally seemed to be coming to life. The Bruins were looking to advance against a Flyers team that they had dominated in all three games of the series so far. But, what happens? They find a way to lose each game. LeBron goes crazy. Beckett falls on his face. Tuukka Rask lets five goals through. It’s like sitting at home on a Friday afternoon, having three date prospects lined up for that night and ending up sitting at home, eating Cheetos and watching Seinfeld reruns til 3AM.

This day will sting, no doubt, and, hey, as we Boston fans have come to say quite a bit, “There’s always next year”.

-Dan