Vibes Entering NBA Finals Game 2: The Celtics Need to Treat Tonight Like a Must Win (Even Though It's Far From One)
I've spent a solid 90 minutes watching highlights of the Celtics Game 1 comeback since Thursday, and just like the players, I have to put that one behind me and focus on the task at hand. Yes, outside of a catastrophic injury, worst-case scenario, the C's are going home tied 1-1, which had to be the realistic goal in San Fran.
But, people are unrealistic all the time. People will call a pizza place to check on a delivery after 25 minutes on a Friday night. A major group in this country will bitch and moan about gas prices, then unanimously vote against a bill to combat price gouging and corporate greed.
But from a much LeSs DiViSiVe standpoint, what if the Celtics went up 2-0, winning both games on the road? I mean, would it really be that crazy? They're already 8-2 on the road this postseason (and the Warriors did go 0-3 at home in the 2019 Finals). Sure, Adam Silver wants this to go at least six and is pulling out all the stops.
Although it is kind of hilarious to see both fanbases bitch about how bad these guys are.
But, "unrealistic" stuff happens all the time. We put a man on the moon (allegedly) when color TV was still a premium feature and not just the norm. Despite the odds, people win the lottery. Fuck man, there's dudes fatter than me catching that Kevin Love primo box at this very moment.
What I'm trying to say is the Celtics are in the driver's seat, but need to play like their backs are against the wall. Oh what's that? The cliche police at banging on my door?
But seriously, as incredible as this playoff run has been, the C's have a little trouble with coming out hot after a big win. They lost Game 5 at home against Milwaukee after evening the series on the road. Of course there's Games 3 and 6 vs the Heat as well. Sure, it's human nature to relax after a little success, but these are professional athletes. They don't get to be humans!
I'm kidding, s/o the C's for bringing more awareness to Brittney Griner's Russian imprisonment.
I'm just saying they can't be satisfied with stealing one. Of course, going back to Boston 1-1 is ideal, but we've been mediocre at home these playoffs. The C's are only 5-4 at TD Garden (1-0 with Ole Dozo in the house) and 3-4 the last two rounds. I wouldn't be shocked at all if come night late Wednesday it's 2-1 Warriors. That's why I'm begging our C's not to get complacent. Don't give the Warriors life. They need to play as if THEY'RE the ones down 0-1. Fuck, the cliche police are back and they're pissed.
Despite less than favorable officiating and the NBA wanting a long series, the C's do have one thing in their favor tonight. Jayson Tatum.
Yes, Tatum had a terrible shooting night in Game 1 (3/17 from the floor), but he still made a positive impact on defense and dished a career-high 13 assists (9 of which were on 3s). He hasn't had back-to-back cold nights this playoff run; in fact, he's usually gone tf off in the bounce-back spot.
Hopefully this bulletin board material gets the rest of the guys going.
It's probably unrealistic to expect five+ threes from Al and D-White again, but as this blogs theme will tell you, "unrealistic" shit happens literally everyday. Maybe Payton Pritchard has a Leon Powe night?
I can feel the Warriors win coming, but this captain goes down with the ship.
Hopefully on the 14th anniversary of Paul Pierce's wheelchair game the C's can use those vibes to shit on Golden State to go up #2-0.
In short, it's not a must win, but I'd love to see the C's play like it is. You know I'll be bleeding green all night and peppering C's live ML if the opportunities present themselves like they did Thursday. Win tonight and you're half way there with three upcoming home games. GO CELTICS!!!!!!
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