r/nba The Splash Brothers! 11d ago Take My Energy 1

[Post Game Thread] The Boston Celtics (2-3) fight to live another day and force a game 6, as they defeat the Miami Heat (3-2) by 110 - 97. Jayson Tatum puts up a 21/8/11 stat line in a win Post Game Thread

97 - 110
Box Scores: NBA - Yahoo
 
GAME SUMMARY
Location: TD Garden (19156), Clock: Final
Officials: Bill Kennedy, Marc Davis, and David Guthrie
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total
Miami Heat 20 24 28 25 97
Boston Celtics 35 26 29 20 110
 
TEAM STATS
Team PTS FG FG% 3P 3P% FT FT% OREB TREB AST PF STL TO BLK
Miami Heat 97 40-78 51.3% 9-23 39.1% 8-10 80.0% 10 41 20 13 6 16 2
Boston Celtics 110 40-79 50.6% 16-39 41.0% 14-19 73.7% 12 43 23 9 13 9 4
 
PLAYER STATS
Miami Heat MIN PTS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A ORB DRB REB AST STL BLK TO PF ±
Jimmy ButlerSF 33:35 14 5-10 0-2 4-6 0 5 5 5 2 0 2 1 -24
Kevin LovePF 13:44 6 3-7 0-1 0-0 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 -11
Bam AdebayoC 31:53 16 8-15 0-0 0-0 2 6 8 3 2 1 6 2 -15
Max StrusSG 24:10 3 1-5 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -20
Kyle LowryPG 30:18 5 2-6 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 4 1 -5
Caleb Martin 31:49 14 5-12 2-5 2-2 1 4 5 0 0 0 2 2 -8
Cody Zeller 04:07 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 -3
Duncan Robinson 27:44 18 7-10 2-3 2-2 0 3 3 9 0 0 1 5 7
Haywood Highsmith 36:00 15 6-9 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 2 2
Nikola Jovic 03:20 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Omer Yurtseven 03:20 2 1-2 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 6
Udonis Haslem 00:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tyler Herro 00:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Victor Oladipo 00:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gabe Vincent 00:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Boston Celtics MIN PTS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A ORB DRB REB AST STL BLK TO PF ±
Jaylen BrownSF 36:52 21 9-18 3-5 0-0 2 0 2 2 3 0 1 1 16
Jayson TatumPF 40:52 21 8-16 1-6 4-6 0 8 8 11 2 0 4 2 19
Al HorfordC 29:01 6 3-7 0-3 0-0 5 6 11 5 1 1 0 0 10
Derrick WhiteSG 37:05 24 8-11 6-8 2-3 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 3 18
Marcus SmartPG 29:55 23 7-12 4-6 5-6 1 2 3 2 5 0 2 0 20
Grant Williams 26:49 6 1-4 1-4 3-4 2 2 4 0 0 1 0 3 -9
Malcolm Brogdon 07:55 0 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Robert Williams III 17:55 6 3-3 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 1 0 0 10
Payton Pritchard 04:32 0 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 -8
Sam Hauser 03:20 3 1-4 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -6
Luke Kornet 03:20 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -6
Justin Champagnie 02:22 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2
Blake Griffin 00:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Muscala 00:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Danilo Gallinari 00:00 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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u/DIXtICon Trail Blazers 11d ago

somehow only ended up being a 13 point game but it was never even close

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u/cerealman2020 Celtics 11d ago

I started feeling nauseous when they cut it to 10 with 50 seconds left

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u/I_Set_3_Alarms Celtics 11d ago

Yeah I felt more relieved by that Hauser 3 than I expected to be lol

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u/johnnybarbs92 Celtics 11d ago

Same. I said that was the dagger and my wife was very confused.

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u/rikki-tikki-deadly Celtics 11d ago

She was probably confused because thanks to the announcers this postseason she thinks a "dagger" can happen repeatedly before halftime.

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u/braisedbywolves Trail Blazers 11d ago

It does in Macbeth

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u/ChampagneCJ Raptors 11d ago

Wtf spoilers!

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u/not_a_cockroach_ Celtics 11d ago

All those blown double digit leads and games we lost against the Heat despite winning 3 quarters from as far back as the bubble have broken us.

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u/rikki-tikki-deadly Celtics 11d ago

I was NOT comfortable seeing that lead slide to 10 inside two minutes left.

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u/toastyfries2 11d ago

I think it snuck up on the announcers. He said something like the Celtics are up by 10, and you could hear the surprise in his voice that it was so close

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u/DungeonsAndDuck Celtics 11d ago

that's because the final third of the 4th quarter was the miami heat vs the maine celtics lmao

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u/w311sh1t Celtics 11d ago

It’s still a crime against humanity that they changed it from the Maine Red Claws

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u/InAingeWeTrust Celtics 11d ago

it was also the bench players on the Heat

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u/DungeonsAndDuck Celtics 11d ago

yeah but that goes against my narrative, so please delete your comment

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u/Faliberti 11d ago

bench players dont exist for miami, they can all shoot 52% from 3

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u/homefree122 Thunder 11d ago

Jimmy Butler only took 10 shots. I simply do not understand how that’s possible.

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u/Erik5858 Heat 11d ago

Felt like he took the night off tonight.

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u/rikki-tikki-deadly Celtics 11d ago

Jimmy "I'm Not Even Supposed To Be Here Tonight!" Butler

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u/WasProbablyBanned Australia 11d ago

too busy pump faking

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u/MC-Jdf Warriors 11d ago

Honestly one of those games where Butler tries to fish for fouls too much, which almost never goes well.

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u/elcapitandemundo Celtics 11d ago

Celtics have also stopped biting on them so often

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u/MySilverBurrito Heat 11d ago edited 11d ago

It’s annoying as fuck. Because guy is insanely good at finishing through contact. But every now and then, he does this bait for fouls all game, not even attempting to shoot the ball.

Edit: his touch around the basket is insane through contact. But games like tonight, it’s like he just chucks the ball at the basket, more concerned about the contact than scoring.

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u/MC-Jdf Warriors 11d ago

I mean Butler trying to draw fouls so often is a big part of why he gets so much space in jumpshots, that and his elite deceleration.

But yeah it’s gross to watch when he tries to only flail backwards and not try to shoot.

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u/MySilverBurrito Heat 11d ago

That’s the thing, you can see when he actively trying to finish through the contact after getting his guy to fake.

Compare that to just straight up flopping, where all his touch around the basket disappear because he’s not even attempting to make the basket.

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u/bodhibell02 11d ago

I'm very happy to see a Heat fan noting this. I'm a C's fan and my god I like Jimmy a lot...but when he resorts to the leg flailing and falling down on jumpers...kill me man. It's such lame fucking basketball

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u/ColdPressedSteak 11d ago

He was legit bad for long stretches. There were some possessions where he couldn't decide what he wanted to do and just dumped the ball off to someone else with 5 sec left to go in the clock

He's going to need to be great again if they want to avoid this epic collapse. That or Duncan Robinson continues to trend upwards and just nails 10 3's in game 6

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u/ZdenekTheMan 11d ago

Robinson struck the fear of God in me every time he touched the ball

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u/lferreira86 Celtics 11d ago

Duncan has honestly been extremely good on offense. Celtics gotta start putting him on switches and having him guard Brown/Tatum to keep him off the floor.

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u/GokuVerde 11d ago

The dog has left the building

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u/rawchess Minneapolis Lakers 11d ago

The dawg tonight: 😴

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u/Flabbypuff NBA 11d ago

He legit pump faked on almost every jump stop and stood there to look for someone to bail him out. Shit was weird, like the entire Celtics team except for Rob Williams knows you're not gonna shoot that.

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u/TomShoe02 [SAS] Bryn Forbes 11d ago

Celtics finally stopped letting him switch onto their weaker defenders for easy points.

Good to see Mozzarella finally getting it.

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u/WickerShoesJoe Celtics 11d ago

Celtics finally stopped letting him switch onto their weaker defenders for easy points.

That's part of it. Ben Taylor mentioned in this week's Thinking Basketball how he is pretty much done with this "switch everything" defensive idea, beacause it gave the offense whatever matchup they wanted. He pointed out that when JT stayed on Butler, shots were much thougher. Now that the team realized that, they're doing better.

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u/Jayson_Tatum [BOS] Jayson Tatum 11d ago

Hunting for fouls doesn't help

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u/GokuVerde 11d ago

Harassment: Harden hunting for fouls

Empowering: Dog-Master Butler

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u/TheSaltySloth Celtics 11d ago

Kid in the back of Inside has a “Putin, ISIS, Kim Jong Un, Kyrie” shirt on lol

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u/RabbitWolfie Lakers 11d ago

Mazzulla seems to have watched more film of the Heats and less of Ben Affleck this week

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u/NoShameInternets Celtics 11d ago

Brad called him into his office, put on the game films and blasted a fog horn every time Mazzulla should’ve called a timeout but didn’t.

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u/CreatiScope Celtics 11d ago

Then you must not remember that Brad was absolutely guilty of letting the guys try to stop opponent runs on their own too.

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u/TraanPol Raptors 11d ago

The spirit of Jeremy Renner possessed him

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u/DriveByStoning [BOS] Tony Allen 11d ago

Brad: We're going to hurt some people

Joe: Whose car are we gonna take?

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u/homefree122 Thunder 11d ago

But The Town is so fucking good still

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u/pfqq Pacers 11d ago

I like The Departed

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u/ThanosIsDoomfist Celtics 11d ago

I mean yeah, the Departed is way better lol

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u/00764 Cavaliers 11d ago

The movie is so good that it makes Mark Wahlberg seem amazing in it. One of the best pieces in a movie surrounded by top tier talent from the top down. One of my favorites.

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u/mkhimau5 Celtics 11d ago

I'm the guy that does his job, you must be the other guy!

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u/piececurvesleft 11d ago

How’s ya motha

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u/mkhimau5 Celtics 11d ago

She's tired from fuckin' my fathah

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u/SterlingMallory Mavericks 11d ago

Boston winning this series and espn analytics being right after all would be hilarious

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u/Zloggt Bulls 11d ago

Imagine the smugness that’ll come from whatever nerds help crunch those numbers…

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u/souttous 11d ago

Could it possibly match the smugness of redditors tho? Seems impossible

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u/CIark 11d ago

Imagine the silence from the suburban teenagers on /r/nba that smugly said the analytics guys were idiots tho

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u/bwtwldt Timberwolves 11d ago

Rooting for the stats nerds tbh

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u/undermon Bucks 11d ago

Analytics are always right, haven't you learned that from Jokic dominating the playoffs this year

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u/poneil Celtics 11d ago

And Derrick White being a fringe All Star level player, as per 538.

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u/Duke_Vladdy Kings 11d ago

Everytime I watch White he turns into Steph so I get it

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u/RetroFrisbee Celtics 11d ago

Please keep watching

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u/Palifaith Lakers 11d ago

I blame this on Shakira, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

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u/Burger_Gouger Celtics 11d ago

Jeter and Arod being in Miami is def the catalyst for all of this, and thats a fact

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u/IAmNotKevinDurant_35 [GSW] Zarko Cabarkapa 11d ago

I know its his hometown team and all but ARod being one of the primary owners of the timberwolves and cheering for the Heat is kind of weird. Could you imagine if Joe Lacob was at the game today rooting for the Celtics?

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u/shangrila117 11d ago

What’s he gonna do, cheer for the Wolves?

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u/Burger_Gouger Celtics 11d ago

Thanks I hate it

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u/IAmNotKevinDurant_35 [GSW] Zarko Cabarkapa 11d ago

It would be real weird right? He actually used to be a minority owner of the celtics lol

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u/a_crappy_lite Celtics 11d ago

Taylor Swift in shambles

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u/ChiefKeef786 Heat 11d ago

Swifties in shambles

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u/longconsilver13 Celtics 11d ago

Schill game 6. Game 7 anything can happen

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u/MadlibVillainy Celtics 11d ago

Would losing in 7 hurt even more than a sweep ? I don't even know anymore.

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u/longconsilver13 Celtics 11d ago

The sweep would've been embarrassing and demoralizing. But if we lose to Miami teams twice in home game 7s I might lose my sanity

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u/AdventurousTwo383 Celtics 11d ago

Panthers are from Ft Lauderdale but that somehow makes it worse

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u/jpaxlux [BOS] Jayson Tatum 11d ago

At this point I'm just enjoying making Heat fans uncomfortable af lmao

There's less shit talk here after every W

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u/MadlibVillainy Celtics 11d ago

Yeah at least we're not going out without à fight. But this team has a lot to answer from, we shouldn't be some sort of outsiders trying to make a comeback , not with this roster. But if it's that mentality that help them win , they should absolutely consider themselves as outsiders. No low effort, no arrogance, go get them boys.

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u/Kyler1313 11d ago

I'm not saying the Celtics are going to come back to win this series... But the Celtics have come back from 3-2 deficits in the playoffs twice in the past year. They are certainly making it interesting...

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u/DungeonsAndDuck Celtics 11d ago

they did it last week.

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u/Kyler1313 11d ago

Yep, and against Giannis last year, both series had somewhat close Game 6s on the road and pretty dominant Game 7s at home. We will see if this series follows that path.

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u/CBJfan03 11d ago

2004: Boston Red Sox were down 3-0 to the NY Yankees in the ALCS. They came back and won the series, and then won the World Series breaking the curse.

2010: Boston Bruins were up 3-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the ECSF. They eventually lost that series. In Game 7, they were up 3-0 and lost the game 4-3. The next year they won the Stanley Cup, breaking a 39 year drought.

2023: The Boston Celtics are down 3-0 to the Miami Heat in the ECF. ???

Idk what will happen in this series but Boston has always been apart of 3-0 series comebacks. Just something to think about.

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u/smash-smash-SUHMASH Celtics 11d ago

we can mention 28-3 too

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u/BlockedbyJake420 11d ago

Falcons fans: we can also not mention it

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u/tasty_scrote 11d ago

Boston fans hold the families of the players hostage

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u/LordMcBucketz Celtics 11d ago

It’s not the same but the Patriots came back down 28-3 in the Super Bowl too

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u/DuckDucks 11d ago

The statistical models licking their lips rn

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u/FredDupe [BOS] Jaylen Brown 11d ago

THE BUFFALO WANTS TO GO BACK TO COLORADO

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u/GGezpzMuppy Spurs 11d ago

Let the man roam ffs. Stop holding him back and he can lead you to the championship

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u/SilverMagnum Celtics 11d ago

Y’all giving us the Buffalo is why I wasn’t mad you guys got Wemby. I love you Spurs boys because of that.

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u/raceforseis21 Spurs 11d ago

We still love our fivehead

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u/1337speak Celtics 11d ago

Hear me and rejoice! You Miami Heat have had the privilege of being saved by The Great Forehead. You may think this is suffering. No... it is salvation. The universal scales tip toward balance because of your sacrifice. Smile... for even in death, you have become children of Derrick White.

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u/Dafatveteran Celtics 11d ago Wholesome Seal of Approval

If Derrick White has a million fans, then I am one of them. If Derrick White has ten fans, then I am one of them. If Derrick White has only one fan then that is me. If Derrick White has no fans, then that means I am no longer on earth. If the world is against Derrick White, then I am against the world.

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u/TehHillsy San Diego Clippers 11d ago

If Derrick White has only fans then I am a subscriber.

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u/JohnnyWinss Spurs 11d ago

He's R O A M I N

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u/justamobileuserhere Celtics 11d ago

Let him roam

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u/bb15555 Celtics 11d ago

YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY. WHEN IN ROAM BABY

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u/smoltanboi Heat 11d ago

chris i'm sorry for talking so much shit a week ago can you please add me back to the group chat

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u/saggysocks Celtics 11d ago

N O

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u/Both_Funny4896 Hawks 11d ago

If we’re ever going to see a 3-0 comeback, this is the chance

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u/JohnnyWinss Spurs 11d ago Platinum

Well firstly through Derrick White all things are possible so jot that down

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u/Chadwiko Celtics 11d ago

Great White Buffalo

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u/nibbinoo8 Celtics 11d ago

that doesn't sound right but i don't know enough about derrick white to dispute it

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u/LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO101 11d ago edited 11d ago

Yeah this Celtics team is just so much more talented, especially with the injuries racking up for the Heat. It’s not even close, and they’d have the potential game 7 at home

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u/destroyerofpoon93 Nuggets 11d ago

the other times a team came back from 3-0 and made it to game 7 they were all the visiting team. This would be the first time the home team forced a game 7.

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u/The_Assassin_Gower Pacers 11d ago

Yeh, I don't think we've seen the far better team go down 3-0 early before. If there was ever a chance it's now

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u/Zloggt Bulls 11d ago

All that matters is if we see a repeat of Game 3…or one of Game 4…

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u/sidighjd 11d ago

The Heats entire win condition is to shoot unsustainably hot from 3

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u/homefree122 Thunder 11d ago

Hey it’s kind of worked so far

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u/iAmTheRealLange Celtics 11d ago

Regression to the mean, baby!

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u/Dongsquad420BlazeIt [LAL] Kobe Bryant 11d ago

They only need one more game of it

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u/Conis1 Celtics 11d ago

I am terrified lol

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u/Plies- Celtics 11d ago

45% from 3 against the Bucks

29% against the Knicks

Like 48% vs us in games 1-3. I was so annoyed lol.

Though tbf when you're this outmatched talent wise you have to live and die by the three. Everyone clowns the Harden CP3 Rockets for missing 27 straight but that strategy was the only reason they had a good chance against the best team ever assembled.

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u/floatersforalgernon 11d ago

If Miami cannot finish this off next game, Boston will take Game 7.

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u/luke_workin 11d ago

To be honest, it would be quite fitting for these Celtics to get it all the way to a Game 7, then just fall apart at the end and lose at home.

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u/Borktista Celtics 11d ago

Exactly. It’s written in the stars

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u/TomasRoncero Knicks Tankwagon 11d ago

8 seed team up 3-0, makes sense

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u/Uncircled_swag2 [CHI] Zach LaVine 11d ago

Jaylen Browns brain is so massive he purposefully played bad so he could be the first to come back 0-3

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u/homefree122 Thunder 11d ago

Said it last game and I'll say it again: if there was ever a team to come back 0-3, could be this Boston team. And I fucking hate it.

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u/HorsNoises Celtics 11d ago

Also logically it would make sense that the first team to choke it would be an overachieving 8 seed.

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u/ColtCallahan 11d ago

But Spoelstra as the only coach in history to do it would be wild.

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u/TeaAndCrumpets4life Celtics 11d ago

Yeah people throw that 0-150 stat around but how many of those are higher seeded teams just blowing out lower seed teams?

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u/AcrobaticFeedback 11d ago

I always assumed the first time this comeback happens it will be due to massive injury changes that happen throughout the series. Just think it’s impossible for a team that is good enough to sweep to be down 0-3 without injury luck. Because the team literally has to sweep to win the series.

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u/Bladespectre Celtics 11d ago

Don't do that. Don't give me hope.

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u/silverxsmoke 11d ago

Bro if the Celtics win this series..

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u/Sim888 [CHI] Cameron Payne 11d ago

Sir, a second Celtics win has hit the Los Angeles Lakers.

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u/Wilee_E_Coyote Celtics 11d ago

We won the morale finals, now we want to get to the real won

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u/GGezpzMuppy Spurs 11d ago

They sitting at Cancun airport waiting for your delayed flight

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u/homefree122 Thunder 11d ago

Chris Paul also gonna fly in from Phoenix.

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u/Otaku_Instinct Nets 11d ago

eastern conference's 9/11

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u/purpleornavy Celtics 11d ago

The ‘didn’t get swept but the Lakers did’ banner is gonna be so fire

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u/GGezpzMuppy Spurs 11d ago

Celtics has to realise they can only go so far as the Buffalo carries them.

Let the man take charge and he will carry the Jays to the promise land.

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u/Wilee_E_Coyote Celtics 11d ago

This is not the Jay’s team, its the buffalo’s and his wild wings

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u/WickerShoesJoe Celtics 11d ago

This is not the Jay’s team, its the buffalo’s and his wild wings

Dammit, I love it. I was already happy with the win, now I'm laughing like a hyena and it's so late were I live lol

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u/Lawful_Rebellion Celtics 11d ago

You’re welcome for the additional Inside the NBA episodes folks

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u/un5chanate 11d ago

Single most important part of a Celtics wins for neutral fans. Once it goes all ESPN, unless the game are each awesome to watch, it will be annoying AF.

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u/Gnartopia 11d ago

Who is wearing the bloody sock for game 6?

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u/Faliberti 11d ago

brogdan bloody sleeve game

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u/ktgop Celtics 11d ago

the celtics really had to go down 0-3 to play like they give a fuck

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u/BlazeBloom [POR] Eric Maynor 11d ago

Celtics can complete the Reverse Sweep as long as they don't play any close games.

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u/comfypillow Celtics 11d ago

Also they can do it if they win them

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u/JimboLodisC Celtics 11d ago

I was sweatin' up by 20 cuz I knew they could whip out a 15-0 run

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u/m4n715 Bulls 11d ago

At least it's a TNT series getting extended. If I had to listen to Mark Jackson through game 6 I'd be pissed.

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u/mtaylor808 NBA 11d ago

It is very difficult to resist the masculine urge to say Celtics in 7

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u/a_crappy_lite Celtics 11d ago

Just give in

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u/comfypillow Celtics 11d ago

SAY THE THING

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u/beamingleanin Heat 11d ago

if we choke a 3-0 lead im becoming a warriors fan

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u/JohnnyWinss Spurs 11d ago

That's too easy. Start rooting for the Wizards

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u/jts921 Celtics 11d ago

Fuck that, root for Orlando

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u/igonnawrecku_VGC Celtics 11d ago

At least Orlando has a future. The Wizards are a dumpster fire that’s been burning since 2017

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u/byteturtle Suns 11d ago

May interest you in a team that is even worse at choking and everyone hates instead?

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u/igonnawrecku_VGC Celtics 11d ago

I’d rather not be a Grizzlies fan, but thanks for the offer

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u/KingSwagamemnon [MEM] Santi Aldama 11d ago

"Whyd he say fuck me for?"

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u/windando5736 Wizards 11d ago

At least Orlando has a future. The Wizards are a dumpster fire that’s been burning since 2017

If by 2017, you mean 1979 (which was both the last time we won at least 50 games in a season and the last time we made it past the 2nd round of the playoffs - we've done neither since), then bet. 44 straight years of terrible-to-mid basketball since then.

2017-present have actually been pretty "good" years by Wizards' standards. 2 playoff appearances (as 8th seeds, lost in 1st round both times). 1 40+ win season, and only 1 season below 30 wins. Compare that to the Wizards from a decade ago:

2008-2013: 0 playoff appearances. 0 seasons above 30 wins. Only 3 seasons above 20 wins. Finished 15th, 14th, 13th, 14th, and 12th in the conference.

And then you have an entire decade and a half that was awful before that:

1988-2004: 1 playoff appearance (8th seed, swept in 1st round). 2 seasons above 40 wins. 9 seasons with 30 wins or less. 7 seasons with 25 wins or less. 2 seasons with less than 20 wins. Finished as a double-digit seed in 13/16 seasons, the 3 exceptions being the 2 years with above 40 wins (9th and 8th seed) and one more year as a 9th seed.

No other NBA team comes lose to our consistency in mediocrity over the past nearly-half-century. Ownership refuses to rebuild, yet also refuses to try to bring in good players via FA or trades. They're just content with reaching the playoffs as a 7 or 8 seed once or twice a decade and get knocked out in the 1st round 90% of the time and the 2nd round the other 10%.

If you want to become numb to pain and never feel let down again because you will never have even the slightest expectations of success, there is no better way than by becoming a Wizards fan.

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u/neongem Supersonics 11d ago

Regardless of who wins, I'm just glad the Celtics have decided to make this a series. Two sweeps with over a week in between Finals starting would've been boring asf.

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u/Zzyzx8 Timberwolves 11d ago

We were all clowning on Marcus Smart but he might have been cooking

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u/jrlandry Celtics 11d ago

This was an absolute masterclass by Tatum that the stat sheet won’t show

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u/maize_and_beard 11d ago

Incredible on defense and he ran the entire game on offense tonight. Not his best shooting night, but an incredible all around performance.

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u/truth_2_point_0 Celtics 11d ago

We can only hope he's saving a signature Game 6 Jay 40 piece. How deep is the fuel tank man, this series is Tatum's story to write at this point. If he fizzles out so be it, but imagine if he can rise to it. Charge up that spirit bomb lads. Because Jimmy's gonna be looking to do the exact same thing and take over in game 6. He's mostly been chillin but he's well capable of summoning a 40 piece of his own esp at home.

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u/jetpack_operation Celtics 11d ago

As long as we don't let Jimmy just switch on to our weakest defender all game, I'll be happy with our effort against him.

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u/igonnawrecku_VGC Celtics 11d ago

He shot great from 2, just couldn’t hit a 3. Points were low because he didn’t take as many shots as he normally does

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u/NOPNOFNOG12 11d ago

He set the tone with that monster first quarter, came out breathing fire.

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u/SweetSmplAlchemy Celtics 11d ago

Mouthpiece Curry. Untucked Kyrie. Headband Lebron.

Elimination Game Celtics.

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u/VisitTheWind Celtics 11d ago

Below .500 Hawks

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u/champloo_express 11d ago

Below .500 Hawks is an all time great team, better than the 96 Bulls and KD Warriors. Change my mind.

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u/MVPRondo Celtics 11d ago

Second to the one game over .500 Hawks, who infact have never won a game.

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u/OrdinaryFortune8690 Thunder 11d ago

The nuggets are loving this…an absolute slug fest in the ECF

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u/theprodigy64 Rockets 11d ago

I dunno if I'm the Nuggets I don't think I want to see the Celtics in the Finals, short rest or not that would be a team with a ton of momentum coming off a historic comeback (also home court).

(ideal scenario would be Heat in 7 for them lmao)

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u/LouieM13 [NYK] Jeremy Lin 11d ago

“Don’t let us get one.”

-Marcus Smart

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u/ThanosIsDoomfist Celtics 11d ago

"Dont let us get one"

-Me after having one jack in the box taco, eyeing the other 5 in the bag

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u/kob424 11d ago

“Don’t let us get one.”

-Kevin Millar
-Marcus Smart

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u/joebos617 [BOS] Paul Pierce 11d ago

yankees fans are having ptsd

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u/HokageEzio Knicks 11d ago

2004 isn't a real year.

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u/StridingNephew Clippers 11d ago

"Sam Hauser with a dagger three, and the Celtics climb back to 3-2 against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals" is not a sentence I expected to see this season

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u/FredDupe [BOS] Jaylen Brown 11d ago

This sub better hope we lose in game 6. Or else we will be insufferable

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u/ktgop Celtics 11d ago

if we win this series i will never stop talking about it

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u/MiaCannons Heat 11d ago

Thank you Highsmith, Caleb, and Duncan for actually showing up tonight.

Highsmith is definitely going to be in the rotation next game even if Vincent can play. He was an absolute dog on defense. Didn't bite on any pump fakes and stayed glued to his man.

Disgusted with what I saw from Jimmy, Bam, and Lowry. All of them were way too indecisive with what they wanted to do which lead to a ton of turnovers. Bam was probably the worst of them because most of his were due to having butterfingers instead of bad passes.

Spoiler: Dribbling half the shot clock away then passing the ball once for an iso isn't good offense. Neither is driving in the paint, instantly stopping, then pivoting a bunch to either put up a contested shot or trying to force a pass.

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u/EarthWarping NBA 11d ago

No Gabe and I think the series is over. Kyle isn't that guy anymore.

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u/Solid-Confidence-966 Wizards 11d ago

Another elimination game master class for Tatum

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u/bcallahan2 11d ago

Glad to see people actually watched their televisions tonight

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u/arob770 Celtics 11d ago

4 Days in May

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u/hellflower666 11d ago

You'd think with all the Celtic lowlights and Heat highlights posted, the Heat were up by 20 in the 4th

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u/gfatcho 11d ago

Fr what was up with that? We’re jerking off highsmith while not even showcasing the lockdown defense from insert celtics player here??

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u/BPeachyJr Celtics 11d ago

It was all one guy lol

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u/DiseaseRidden [BOS] Marcus Smart 11d ago

Miami put Mazzulla into a chokehold. Their fucking mistake.

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u/JohnnyWinss Spurs 11d ago

He's coaching with a boner. He's truly unstoppable now

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u/Janice_Ant Bucks 11d ago

Okay this is the PHI series all over again with the 3-2. Cmon Celtics lemme see a historic moment.

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u/lazy-waffle Nuggets Bandwagon 11d ago

Why don’t the Celtics just steal more often 🤔

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u/Viscously-Organic Raptors 11d ago

Oh god oh fuck they’re gonna do it aren’t they

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u/HornyHindu [BOS] Tom Heinsohn 11d ago

TOP O' THE MORNING, MOTHERFUCKERS!!!

p.s. the ROAMING BUFFALO brought the HEAT tonight!

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u/a_crappy_lite Celtics 11d ago

GIVE

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u/HornyHindu [BOS] Tom Heinsohn 11d ago

ME

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u/shortpersonohara 11d ago

THE

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u/bigvahe33 Kings Bandwagon 11d ago

GOLD

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u/Uncircled_swag2 [CHI] Zach LaVine 11d ago

They rewrote the script because some of you guys were getting wild saying Butler was better than Tatum all time

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u/KyleShanadad Heat 11d ago

I will move to the middle of nowhere, build a hut, live off the land, and never interact with society again if we are the first team to blow a 3-0 lead

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u/Mynamedoesntfuckingf Celtics 11d ago

Ah yes, a series turnaround thanks to the help of

checks notes

Grant Williams

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u/Dreamlifehunting Nuggets Bandwagon 11d ago

The buffalo was roaming.

Elimination game Tatum.

Is this happening?

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u/Tominio7 11d ago

Gonna be embarrassing if ESPN predictions prove to be accurate after all

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u/Shwaziland Celtics 11d ago

Horrible night to be a hater. Cs in 7

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u/instant_ostrich Celtics 11d ago

Plenty of teams have come back from 3-2....

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u/AmbitionExtension184 Celtics 11d ago

MIA stops shooting the best 3P% in conference finals history and 2 straight blowouts.

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u/TastyRainbows Nets 11d ago

"don't let us get one"

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u/[deleted] 11d ago

All I asked for was a bloodbath in the East and that's what we're getting.

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