The C's May Have Lost Tonight, but I'm Not Worried About Philly Whatsoever & Marcus Smart Made a Classic Marcus Hustle Play To Nearly Steal the Game
Congratulations to the Sixers for picking up the win tonight. They beat us fair and square. Sure, the C's played without Jaylen and Timelord, and it took a Herculean effort from Embiid, but a win is a win. The result keeps the door slightly ajar (I think that's redundant) for Philly to steal the Atlantic Division title and two seed from the C's. Breathe easy, green bleeders. Philly is three games back with three to play. A single Celtics win, or Sixers loss clinches the two seed for Boston for the 2nd straight season.
I'm going to C's-Raptors tomorrow for my first game back in the Garden (I was there in September for a Florence + the Machine show) since watching the Golden State Warriors win the 2022 NBA Finals: Presented by YoutubeTV on the parquet floor. Of course, I'm hoping to catch a Celtics W, but health is my #1 priority with the playoffs starting soon.
The one seed is gone, so it's all about staying healthy and getting the highest possible remaining seed, which feels inevitable with a magic number of one.
Embiid is probably the league MVP, and night's like tonight show why he deserves the award. He carried the Sixers tonight and shot like 108% from the floor. I missed some of the game between writing my last blog and the ride to the gym, but I don't think I saw him miss (conversely, I took SDSU ML last night purely as a fuck UConn/Hurley bet. When I tuned in it was 10-6 SDSU, then they proceeded to go, no hyperbole, 10 minutes without hitting a field goal).
The whole reason I'm writing this blog right now and not watching the latest episode of Ted Lasso is because of the effort the Celtics put up when the game felt all but over. Down 7 with 9.1 seconds remaining, the Celtics were able to get within two and had a shot at winning the game or sending it to OT. They would've never been in that position without this head's up play and flashy pass by Marcus to get the ball to Al, who sent it D-Whites way, where he drained a 3-ball to get within two points.
That's what I'm fucking talk about from the reigning DPOY!!! There was originally a foul on the shot, but the call was overturned thanks to a questionable challenge decision. In a textbook ball don't lie situation, Embiid committed an offensive foul on the inbound, which gave the C's a legit chance to pull off their most improbable win of the year.
Tatum missed the shot. Game over. Sixers win. Congrats, Philly, but don't worry, you won't have to deal with another one of your teams losing a championship this spring because the Sixers aren't getting past the second round.