A blog by Big Red
Last night, was probably the best night of my life. The underdog Celtics take down the all mighty Golden State Warriors. All year in my eyes the Celtics have been underachieving. There are so many games we should have won this year. However, all those losses don't matter anymore. After forcing Golden State into double OT in there last face-off, and now beating them, I have more than enough confidence that this team can actually win the eastern conference finals. In what was probably one of the more frustrating games of the season, let's take a look at some of the highlights from the game.
All year long, and some can even argue last year too, the Warriors have been doing things never seen before in this league. Well I know this was the best team in the league, and potentially one of the best teams of all time, but the Celtics cannot afford to give up that many open looks from three. I got really worried in the opening minutes of the game, that it could be a Warriors blowout, when Draymond Green hit back to back three's. However the Celtics were able to respond to every run that the Warriors went on last night, and that alone says a lot about this team.
GINO TIME BABY. The Celtics survived a barrage of 3 pointers, GS hit 20. At halftime it was anyone's game as both point guards were struggling from the field. Isiah Thomas had 0 points in the first half, zilch. He had to change his shoes before coming back and showing out with 22 points in the second half. Chef Curry had more turnovers, 7, in the first half than he had points, 6. He bounced back as well and finished with 29 points and 8 threes.
I don't what it is about Isaiah, but he has had a rough last 2 games. His shooting was off, and he just seemed less confident going against such a chaotic defense. Isaiah ended with 22 on the night, and most of which came from the free throw line, and some transition buckets. We need a more confident Isaiah out there in the upcoming game against the Lakers.
While Isaiah had an off night, the bench play definitely helped keep the Celtics alive in this one. With solid play from Jerebko, who knocked down a big time 3 late in the third, and maybe one of the biggest surprises Terry Rozier. Now I'll admit it, when we drafted Terry Rozier I had no idea who he was, or if he was any good. Rozier has proved to be a solid back up point guard, with a very high basketball IQ. Last night, he made countless smart plays which drew fouls, and his rebounding reminded me of Rajon Rondo fighting for boards back in the day.
The fact that we were able to pull this win out without Jae Crowder makes me even more impressed with this team. It's a known fact that this team plays much better with Jae. Crowder brings this intensity to the court that the whole team rally's around. Can't wait to have Crowder back fulltime, and to see how well this team can finish out the season. Anything is possible heading into the playoffs, but after this win I feel so much more confident in this team, and I feel we all should. Celtics go head to head against the Lakers tomorrow night at the Staples Center. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. eastern time.
In case you guys missed last nights electric win, here are the highlights courtesy of the NBA
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