Of course, technically the C's could lose tonight and still win the series, but let's be fucking real....they need this one like I someone who isn't related to me to hug me and tell me it's gonna be alright.
I've had ample time to soak in the Celtics' horrific Game 1 loss (HOW TF DO YOU LOSE A GAME WHERE YOU SHOOT 17/20 TO START????) and am ready to move on. Yes, seeing reports like the one embedded below this section are both infuriating and disheartening, but I'm trying to be a mature adult and not let the results of strangers playing a game dictate my happiness.
That doesn't mean I was successful in my attempt(s). After the Celtics lost Game 1, it got me in my feelings. I could barely enjoy the series premiere of White House Plumbers that I eagerly awaited. I was trying not to overreact, but the loss had me fucked up. I let myself get to a place where I didn't think there was a chance the C's would lose. When they did, I went down rabbit holes and asked myself questions I didn't want to hear.
I love this team and have been bleeding green all season, but their performance in Game 1 stems from a much deeper issue and is one that I'm worried to be this team's ultimate undoing. Is this roster mentality tough enough to win it all?
That might not be the correct term, and I don't mean that as a slight. I'm on multiple head meds. Ya boi knows life isn't easy, even for millionaire athletes with presumably well above average-sized dicks, but we know ability isn't the issue with this roster. From a talent standpoint, the Celtics are a well-oiled machine, but from an execution standpoint, it feels like the Celtics are their own worst enemy. Most of their turnovers feel sloppy, as opposed to the result of solid defense.
I love basketball, but I know there are millions of more knowledgeable people out there, and admittedly I get self-conscious writing about the ins and outs of ball. I can only say so much before revealing my lack of in-depth hoophead knowledge. I know it's human nature to let up in certain situations, and part of me can almost understand why the Celtics' didn't take the 76ers as seriously without Embiid, but how many times does this team need to get burned before they stop touching the fucking stove top? All teams have letdowns across all sports, but the Celtics LOVE to play to their competition. This team could beat the '96 Bulls and lose to the 11-12 Bobcats.
Of course, the C's could quickly turn things around and still win this series (+ hopefully an NBA championship). Many expect a major bounce-back tonight, but Monday's loss was devastating and could be costly. The Celtics gave that game away, which is an all too familiar theme with this core since its inception. Late in games, they stop playing to win and hope the clock will run out.
Shades of the 1981 NCAA National Championship game!
Apparently that should've technically been a shot clock violation which wouldn't have allowed the basket, but with how shitty the Celtics played late I'm not gonna cut them any slack. That's inexcusable pass and a result of not having a go-to play to run in that situation (that's on Joe) where a basket greatly increases your chances of winning. There were multiple mistakes late by the zebras....but that loss is on the C's.
I want to love Coach Joe. He's a Rhode Island boy, but I worry he's the problem. He hates using timeouts and never adjusts. WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT, BRO????
Before I overreact my way off the Newport Bridge...it's only one game. The Celtics were down 1-0 in the ECSF and ECF last year and won both series. In the NBA Finals: Presented by YoutubeTV, they were up 1-0 (and 2-1) and ultimately lost the series. It's only one game, but that doesn't change the fact that tonight's is a must-win.
Maybe the C's (and their fans) needed a wake-up call? I hate that we wasted such a solid shooting night because the C's didn't play any fucking defense. I wasn't giving the 76ers a chance on Monday, and that was my mistake, but if they somehow steal the first two games in Boston, this series is over.
MVP Joel Embiid will play tonight, but I'm hoping that ends up doing more harm than good since there's no fucking chance he's anywhere close to 100%. Harden isn't gonna score 45 if he's on the floor too.
Sidenote: respect to James Harden. I was shitting on his JNCO James look before tip-off, but he made me eat my words with a vintage Houston Harden performance. I don't respect the way he plays (bitch ball), but I do respect this mindset.
PLEASE WIN TONIGHT @CELTICS. Between my agonizing back pain and the state of humanity, I cannot take a 2nd round exit this year!!!! I believe in you guys. Please fucking win. These thoughts from Kenny should help fellow Celtics fans take a step away from the ledge. Hopefully, Game 1 was just part of the championship journey.