If your playoff bracket said that the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Boston Celtics would be playing each other in the NBA Finals at the start of the Playoffs.. you’re a dirty fucking liar!
After Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL in the first round it seemed like the Miami Heat had a clear path all the way up to the Finals. No one thought that the Celtics of all teams would be the team to put the Heat up against the wall.
The revived play of the Kevin “The Big Ticket” Garnett has fueled the Celtics back into relevance and the magical play of Rajon Rondo has left the Heat defense scratching their heads.
The Celtics were supposed to be too old, too tired, and just out of gas going into the playoffs. Coming in at the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics drew the Atlanta Hawks as their first opponent. Unsurprisingly they knocked off the Hawks in 6 (cause they’re the Hawks) and advanced to play the 76’s, who were fresh off a series victory over the top seeded Chicago Bulls.
Their series against the Sixers went to 7 games and by the end of it we were really wondering, “You can’t even beat the Sixers in convincing a fashion? Wait till you have to play the Heat!”. Entering the Conference Finals everything seemed to be going according to the script. Miami won both games at home, then Boston won game 3.
“Lucky win, the Celtics are too proud to get swept, they’re done after that.”
Then they won Game 4 in overtime.
Then they won Game 5, in Miami, by 4 points.
If my addition is correct that would put the Boston Celtics up 3-2… oh and check it out they’re back at home too!. That my friends, is what they call a convincing lead. The Celtics can closeout the Heat with a win on Thursday. If they play the gritty basketball that they’ve played all season then it looks like the Celtics may still have one more in the tank.