The star wattage was dim but the jocks were out in force at The Garden last night, cheering the Celtics [team stats] on to a 108-102 victory over the L.A. Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Front and center were the twin stars of the Disabled List, David Ortiz [stats] - sporting a shorter version of his arm cast - and Curt Schilling [stats]. Also making the trip from Fenway were Jon Lester [stats] - who was honored as a “Hero Among Us” by the Celts - Mike Lowell, Josh Beckett [stats], Jacoby Ellsbury [stats], Tim Wakefield [stats], Coco Crisp [stats], Julio Lugo [stats], Alex Cora [stats], and owners John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino.
The Celts’ music men gave a nod to the World Champs with a chorus of “Sweet Caroline,” while the Sox players’ and suits’ faces flashed on the JumboTron. (Schilling, who was with the family, held up his 2007 World Series ring, to the delight of the championship-happy crowd.)
The mood was a little more somber up in the Celtics’ luxury suite, where a disgruntled Leonardo DiCaprio watched his L.A. Lakers blow another one - despite a late rally.
Leo, who was sitting - and sometimes smooching - with his model GF, Bar Refaeli, came in wearing his (not-so) lucky Lakers jacket. But by the end of the second quarter, Leo was forced to lose it. Not because of the jeering Celts fans, but because of the steamy conditions inside the Garden!
And despite the Titanic disappointment (for Leo) on the court, the “Ashecliffe” hunk seemed to be having a good old time at the game. He spent some quality time schmoozing with “Rescue Me” funnyman Lenny Clarke and Philadelphia Eagle Donovan McNabb, who were sharing his box. At one point his cinematographer, Robert Richardson, (who we assume is a Celts fan, since he’s from the Cape) jumped in the leading man’s lap!
An impressive contingent of New England Patriots [team stats] also put in an appearance at Game 2, with Tedy Bruschi [stats], Adalius Thomas, Richard Seymour [stats], Wes Welker, Jabar Gaffney [stats], Ben Watson [stats], Ty Warren [stats], Vince Wilfork [stats], Chad Jackson and ex-Pats Donte’ Stallworth, Ty Law and Doug Flutie filling in the seats around the parquet.
Other pigskin pooh-bahs in the house included the aformentioned McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins and their boss, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie who hails from Chestnut Hill. A couple of New York Giants - R.W. McQuarters and James Butler (boo!) - were hanging with the Eagles inside the private suite, and Reebok bigfoot Uli Becker hosted his pigskin pitchman Tennessee Titan QB/QT Vince Young in the sneaker box.
The NBA had a decent contingent in the house, a roster that included Magic Johnson, Marcus Banks, Allan Houston, Jared Dudley, Commissioner David Stern and his deputy, Adam Silver.
Former Celts included ex-captain Antoine Walker, cheering on his old pal Paul Pierce [stats], John Havlicek, Tommy Heinsohn, Jo Jo White, Dana Barros and M.L. Carr.
Keith Lockhart, in his Celts jersey, led the Boston Pops in the National Anthem. We also spied Celts diehard Donnie Wahlberg, singer Erykah Badu, Foxboro pop princess Jo Jo Lavesque and PGA prince Billy Andrade root, root, rooting for the Green.