Ya boi dusted off the ole photoshop for this one.
I'm not a pay super close attention to the NBA guy. I love basketball and watch most C's games, but as I get older, it's harder to get up (pause) for regular-season games of teams I don't care about, especially if I don't have any action on said game. As a narrative guy, I'm not as up-to-date on all the league storylines as I should be. I mean I know a decent amount, like that Ben Simmons is an attention seeking, mental little person with no heart, but TBH I'm a tad nervous about blogging the NBA outside of uniforms. My depth of knowledge pales in comparison to the NFL, but I also bleed green so let's go C's!!
I knew the Nets were banged tf up. I remember there was a stretch this season where they lost 10 in a row; I'll never forget seeing that "L10" in the STRK column in the standings, but ever since the Bubble Bracket, it feels like seeding has never meant less. The Nets still have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. It doesn't matter what number you put before their team name; that's a scary duo. I was terrified of a potential Celtics-Nets first-round matchup.
The C's could've easily lost either game in Boston (s/o me for peppering their live ML twice in game 2), but as of now they hold a 3-0 series lead, something no NBA team has ever blown in a seven game series.
Now I'm not a jinx guy, the C's should take care of business at some point in the next four games, but the goal is obviously to end the series ASAP (#NBADOZ). If we get to a 6th game, then I'm officially worried. My b-hole will be tighter than Marcus Smart's box braids. Unfortunately for the Celtics, Scott "The Extender" Foster is reffing tonight, which means we're likely looking at a chance for the Gentlemen's Sweep on Wednesday.
The Extender could easily make all the C's elite defense go "bye-bye" tonight. This placement feels like a Ghost of David Stern move.
But regardless of who has a whistle in their mouth for Game 4, the Celtics have clearly been the better team in this series.
It's just crazy to me that they're in this position. Like I said mere moments ago, I was terrified of the Nets. I thought they had a legitimate chance to knock out the C's, which would've been a real shame after their transformation from a 23-24 disappointment to 51-31 title contender. Now they're a win away from the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, which in itself is crazy when you remember where this team was before February.
Sure, if there was ever a team that could come back from a 3-0 series deficit it's one with Kyrie and KD, but as long as Steve Nash is their coach, I think history is safe. Hopefully the Jays and company can close things out tonight, but a Gentlemen's Sweep at home wouldn't be the worst thing.
Let's enjoy the ride, but through 144 minutes of playoff basketball I'm ready to say Banner 18 is a legit possibility. It's not gonna get any easier, but my inner narrative guy knows this was a championship blu-ray moment!