that's a PASS that led to a Derrick White 3 ball! I can't believe I forgot this one in the IG post.
Monday night was one of the most fun nights I've had in at least three years. I was in the Garden for Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Finals (I told you they'd bounce back!!), sitting/standing because I'm much too fat for how close together and small the seats are, way too close to the court. These were easily the best tickets I've ever had to a sporting event (2013 ALCS Game 6 low key doesn't count since we bamboozled the Sox to get onto the Monster) in my 30+ years. I'm not 11, so I'd never do this, but you could easily hit the basket from our seats with a spitball.
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This series has been fucking wild. We all know it's tied 2-2, so it's still clearly anybody's for the taking (which makes tonight's swing game so important), but the Celtics (no bias) have been clear and away the better team. The Heat are good; I'm not taking anything away from them. Jimmy Butler is a top 15-20 player in the league. I have nothing but respect for PJ Tucker. Sure, Tyler Herro can't name all 50 states, but he's dangerous when he's on the floor. All that being said, I'm sorry, the Celtics basically gave the two games they lost to the Heat with turnovers.
Now, if you want to argue that the Heat's defense is responsible for that, I'm not going to push back too hard, the Heat deserves their due, but from MY hoop-head vantage point, it feels like the C's have been beating themselves up with sloppy play.
I feel like a shitty writer saying it like this, but I mean it's true; this series has been fucking crazy. It's tied 2-2, but apart from Game 3, we really haven't had a close game, and even that was only close late. We've seen both teams jump out to crazy leads and have wild runs like 22-2 Heat or 17-0 Celtics. In Game 4, the Celtics held the Heat without a field goal for nearly the first 10 minutes of play, jumping out to an 18-1 (ew) lead before Oladipo made Miami's first bucket. They started the night 0-14 from the floor.
Tonight they'll probably end up scoring 30 in the first quarter.
But in Game 4, the Celtics defense was outstanding. I love Marcus Smart and am taking nothing away from him, they need him, but to me, Robert Williams is their most important defender. They're a completely different team with him in the middle. Miami starters COMBINED for 18 points.
Anything can happen in South Beach. We've seen through this series that homecourt doesn't really matter. It's more so who won the last game because the other team bounces back red hot the next night. I don't want to play a Game 7 on the road, even with the best player in the series. Congrats, JT, and way to rebound in Game 4!!
I just wanna see the Celtics play a clean game tonight. Don't come out flat again. Hold on to the ball. âIf you get beat, you get beat, but I don't wanna see another 20+ turnover night, and we lost by eight because I'll go fucking crazy. Obviously, there are much bigger issues right now than a basketball game. We can't just go back to normal; change needs to happen, but at the same time, I want this fucking ring, and that takes nothing away from how much I loathe gun violence and all the other horrors plaguing us. C's in whatever it takes (hopefully 6).