The Boston Celtics Are Moving On! (and officially have home court ADV for the remainder of their playoff run)
Vibes were not high after Tuesday night. I can't lie; a bit of doubt started to creep in. I thought the game was over, and we gave ATL a new lease on life. The Celtics went from all but having the series clinched to playing an unnecessary road game in the blink of an eye (6 minutes of game time).
With the Bucks on the verge of elimination at the time, I couldn't get too excited about it because we left the door open like Silk Sonic for an Atlanta miracle comeback. Now that we've officially moved on, the Celtics are now the highest seed remaining and would have home court in the NBA Finals: Presented by YoutubeTV, should they make them.
Thanks to a combined 62 points from the Jays, the C's held on against the Hawks' final claws for life 128-120.
THIS IS WHAT I'M FUCKING TALKING ABOUT, JAYSON!!!!
With nearly 48 hours to cool down from the big-time case of butt hurt-ness, one of my buddies brought up a great point...The 08 Celtics needed seven games to get past the Hawks (and Cavs). It's never easy or pretty. Yes, the Celtics let their guard down, but with some wiggle room, let's hope it's a lesson along the championship road. I hate that it's kind of our thing, but the C's have made a habit of extending series due to their own mistakes.
I'm so pumped right now. Due to our uncertainty, I couldn't fully enjoy the Bucks' choke job/failure (depending on who you ask).
Not only do the Celtics now hold home court throughout the remainder of the playoffs with the Heat killing some Bucks, but they've got three days off with the 2nd round not starting until Monday. I was under the impression that Game 1 would be Saturday had the Celtics won (which they did). Now the C's get to rest a little more and ya boi can get a solid ubah day in on Saturday without having to turn off the meter and watch on my phone. Sure, all this time off is huge for Embiid, and I should learn my lesson after losing my last battle vs. the mush, but I am not worried about the Philadelphia 76ers. It'll be a tough series, but like new Jets QB Aaron Rodgers vs. the Bears, we still own Philly.
The Hawks gave us valiant effort tonight, but an 18-7 run in the final 6:20 sealed things for the Celtics. I love that after we were on the wrong side of a 20-6 swing on Tuesday night. I love this mind set from JB.
Jayson paying his respect to the Hawks and the association as a whole.
I don't fuck with Trae Young whatsoever. He plays bitch ball looking for fouls. He's the embodiment of what's wrong with today's basketball. I'm sure I sound 300 years old, but like Steph is fucking Steph. He can shoot anywhere, and it's not a dumb shot. Trae Young takes some dumb ass shots that are just not intelligent basketball plays. Sure, he can have massive nights, but that floppy-ass bitch (both in hair and body) is not my guy. He'll never win a championship playing how he does. When he pulled up at the logo for no reason, it led to an easy lay-up for JT and IMO was a turning point in the game. I wish I could find a clip of that shot. If I do I'm gonna add to the blog in post.
Marcus had a fantastic night (22/4/4; +11) after an atrocious ending to Game 5. Seeing Grant Williams give the C's some big minutes was great too. I know a lot of fans are down on him, and he's lost his spot in the rotation, but I believe in Grant. We'll need him to win another 12 games (which is the ultimate goal). He didn't stuff the stat sheet tonight but still gave the C's great D.
Al was awesome. 10/12/4/2/3 and he talked that shit with a old man stare down at the Hawks bench.
Brogdon was a -1, but scored 17 in 29 turnover-free minutes. I like +/- in basketball, but it's not a perfect stat. It was just an awesome team win. I'm not exactly re-inventing blogging here, but I'm just pumped rn. It was a great series. I'm so glad the Jays both played solid AF tonight. Jayson bounced back after an ugly 1/10 night behind the arc.
The Eastern Conference Semi-Finals begin Monday night in Boston. The Celtics beat the Sixers 3-1 in the season series, and the Sixers one win came against a short-handed Celtics and they nearly gave the game away after being up by 7 with like 20 seconds left. We're still a ways away from the ultimate goal and the Sixers are definitely a good basketball team, but I'm not worried about the Sixers. Let's go Celtics. If you're reading this one Friday (which is likely cause it's 11:54 pm as I type this sentence) I hope you have a fantastic weekend. I'll be busy ubin it up. I'm definitely tryna get to another playoff game this year so ya boi will be busy, but I'll be happy cause the Celtics are still alive. 1/4 of the way there. Look at how respectful this young super star is. I LOVE THIS TEAM!!!!