Well, that fucking sucked.
After looking like the better team through 24 minutes (even without Al and Marcus), the Celtics laid an egg big enough to feed a small army in the third to lose Game 1 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals.
I mean, there are some positives to take from this frustrating L; Robert Williams looked fantastic in the first half, and the C's won 3/4 of the quarters. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean shit when you make TWO field goals in the other one. If it weren't for a bunch of trips to the charity stripe (where the C's shot a gross 75%), it would've been even worse. But a 22-2 run to start a half your went into leading by eight points is inexfuckingcusible
Now to their credit, the Celtics fought back in the fourth to get within single digits, but Miami would answer with a huge bucket whenever they'd get it to 9 or 10. That sequence where they both traded threes felt like the death nail. Right when you'd think the C's had life, the Heat would stomp on their hearts in golf cleats to extend the lead.
It's only one game, and considering the fact Boston was without Marcus Smart and Al Horford, it's nowhere close to the devastation of Game 5 vs. Milwaukee. JT had a brutal six-turnover third quarter. It felt like there was a five-minute stretch where the C's were just handing the Heat the rock, but like Ime said, these mistakes are fixable.
I don't even care (that much) about the 4.6 units I lost live betting the Celtics three times in addition to +170 before tipoff.
It's not about me, it's about the team, and you can't help but feel like the Celtics let a very winnable game slip away. There's nothing you can do about it now, but yes, it's okay to sulk for the next 24 hours. Win Thursday night, and things are looking great going back home. This has been their narrative all season. Why switch it up now?
Timelord left the game in the 2nd half after getting hit in the knee, which is terrifying given how banged up he is, but luckily he should be alright for Game 2. Let's hope Marcus and Al are right there with him.
Miami showed why they're the one seed tonight, but this series isn't even close to over. Jimmy Butler had a great game but also got to the free throw line 18 fucking times. Just play a full game next time and let's get home tied 1-1.
I'd set the over/under at 41.5
At least there was one enjoyable loss tonight.
Low key not as rare as it once was, TRIPLE P.S.
Hopefully this fires up the Celts for Thursday night. That's OUR line!