I am so fired up right now, and not just because I made 8u responsibly bleeding green!
What a fucking ball game!!!! Steph Curry came out hotter than 1999 Heather Graham, and the Celtics were still only down 4. Then in the 2nd quarter, things got dicey. GSW went up 10, 47-37. Then Jaylen scored eight, Al hit a big 3, and before you knew it, the C's were ahead (although that wouldn't last for long).
This game was such a microcosm of the season and this playoff run. Slow start, battle back, get a lead, wheels fall off, then suddenly you're on a fucking roll. I kept responsibly live betting, but I was not feeling super great. Tatum couldn't buy a bucket. The Warriors had their lava hot run, outscoring the C's 38-24 in the 3rd, entering the final quarter up 12.
That's when the Celtics went nuclear. 7/7 from behind the arc to start the 4th. It was almost unbelievable as it happened. It was like the Celtics were playing 2K on Superstar, then switched the difficulty to Pro. The Celtics D held GSW without a point for nearly five minutes. Jaylen went off and carried the load. I've been hard on him with the turnovers and missed free throws, but he's been outstanding in crunch time.
Derrick White had an unreal game going dozah (5/8) from three-point land. As a narrative guy I love this!
Theis drives me crazy (way too soft on the glass and always jumps at the wrong time), but even he had a block and a big 3 ball in the 2nd. PP played some huge minutes and had timely buckets.
Even though Jayson literally couldn't hit water if he jumped off a bridge tonight, he made a massive impact on the game with a career-high 13 assists and +16 +/-.
How about the now birthday boy and my dark horse Finals MVP pick Alfred Joel Horford with a monster night after waiting since 2007 to get to this stage???
I can't believe I forgot to paste this back into my Finals preview blog, but I swear on every life on this planet that I wrote this before tip-off and meant to have it in the preview.
It's nearly 2 am, and I never got to finish Stranger Things because of the Dozen finale; then, I drove down to my hometown to watch the game with some buddies. I'd like to know what happens before two straight 10 hours days in the cobblestone streets of Newport. But what a fucking win for this team. S/o Marcus for being a great leader in the 4th from the bench during the run; another 17-0 run for the C's. He had some huge buckets late, and a flashy hoop in the 3rd, LOL.
How about Grant Williams? The man that said "no thanks" to a small school outside of Boston is spot on. Great win, but in Patriots fashion, there's still plenty to improve on (like his 0/2, -6 night).
Keep yappin' Dray!! You conveniently forgot to mention that Tatum shot a putrid 3/17 from the floor. You can't count on that again, either.
I feel like I'm leaving out so much, but what a great victory. I'm so fucking happy rn. The series isn't even close to over. We dropped Game 1 the last two rounds and are still standing; the Warriors are a great team, but the C's out-hearted, out-ran, and out-shot them tonight. Great job holding Steph to only 13 points after the 1st quarter. You know the Warriors are gonna come out hot Sunday. Obviously you'd love to take that one too, but it's great knowing worst case you're going back to Boston tied. Three more wins.