Celtics Upset Warriors in 2016 NBA Finals Preview

Last night’s game between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors was just one of those games.  One of those games where you are at the bar and maybe two or three people are kind of paying attention to the game on the TV as most people are funneling back Bud Lights and pretending they are enjoying the crappy cover band music.  But then the group around the TV starts building and random strangers start becoming friends.

By the time Isaiah Thomas scored with eight seconds to go there was a solid crowd of 30 to 40 dudes (God knows most chicks aren’t huddling up to watch a regular season Celtics game) were glued to the television screen at The Lansdowne Pub.  The Celtics bandwagon grew last night, and it grew by a lot.

The Warriors 54-game win streak at Oracle Arena is over.  Warriors owner Joe Lacob and his venture capitalist friends witnessed a loss at home for the first time since January 27, 2015 because the Celtics play with more grit than any team in the NBA.

Avery Bradley after the game: “We literally went in the huddle and were like, “We’re going to win this game no matter what.”

That quote right there is why we just watched a preview of the 2016 NBA Finals last night.  I’m a firm believer that the Celtics can defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in a seven-game series

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The Celtics don’t need the superstar that all NBA followers, fans and media members seem to believe.  They don’t need a Superman or Ben Affleck’s Batman.  Instead they are going to take The Avengers route and be a squad of secondary superheroes.

Last night Isaiah Thomas scored zero points in the first half.  The Celtics leading scorer finished the first half with ZERO points and the Celtics beat the best team in the NBA and potentially the best team in the history of the NBA.  Thomas noted that it had to be the shoe change at half.

Bradley played terrific perimeter defense on Golden State’s deadly three-point shooters in the absence of Celtics forward Jae Crowder and Evan Turner had some timely baskets and hit some clutch free throws.  With yet another double-double last night (20 pts and 12 rebounds), Jared Sullinger has proved to be a formidable big man for Boston moving forward, but he just needs to stop taking those long contested jumpers.That being said, I did love Sully’s tweet after the game…

But the biggest question remains: Where do the Celtics go from here?

The Celtics have consistently played at a high-level in big games and that bodes very well for the playoffs.  And looking farther down the road? Well here’s what I tweeted (as I was getting bumped around and spilled on in Lansdowne Pub) about half way through the fourth quarter.

Didn’t want to believe it at first, but the possibility of Durant in Boston becomes more and more realistic each day.

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