Last night was huge for Boston sports fans. Three big games - all at the same time. Unfortunately, as things turned out, it wasn't quite the glorious night fans envisioned. The Yankees made easy work of the Red Sox and the Bruins couldn't complete a sweep in Philadelphia. With my sympathies extended to die-hard baseball and hockey fans, the most stunning and depressing loss last night happened at the TD Garden.

Before last night, the Celtics had the Cavs on their heels. They'd utterly dominated Game 2, blowing out Lebron James and Company, 104-86, in Cleveland. They'd stolen away home court advantage and the momentum.

In an even series, Boston looked like it held the advantage. Certainly, no one was counting out the Cavaliers but what happened last night was unexpected.

The Celtics came out completely flat and Cleveland caught fire - handing Boston it's worst home-playoff loss in franchise history, 124-95. The surging Celtics were left deflated. They had been tossed around on their own court. It was both embarrassing and depressing to watch. However, Doc Rivers prefers not to view it as the end of the world.

After practice today, Doc told the media, "It happens and it was one night, hopefully. I still think we have [our focus]... But, we gotta live for tomorrow and not for yesterday". Losing by that wide of a margin is certainly not worth overlooking, but the team has to move on. If not, Boston could quickly find themselves in even more trouble. A scary statistic: NBA teams leading a series 2-1 go on to win that series 82.3% of the time.

That being said, if the Celtics look at last night's loss as being the end-all, be-all of the series, their confidence could wane.

Doc is making sure this doesn't happen, "I did ask them, after three games, if a series is as close as possible, what would be the number? It'd be 2-1. Well, it's 2-1 and we're down... But we have to show up and win [Sunday], then get back to Cleveland.".

As Doc said, only three games have been played and it's as close as it could possibly be. In the first two games, they proved that they can hang tough with Lebron and the Cavaliers. As horrific as last night's loss was, the Celtics are still very much alive in this series.

If they fell at home again tomorrow afternoon, however, it'd be much harder to make that case. As Perkins said today, "We've got a chance to tie it up, 2-2, and get back to Cleveland. I feel like it's a must-win for us tomorrow". So, it's not as bad as it seems...yet. A lot fringes on tomorrow. In any playoff game there's a lot on the line but, if the C's enter Cleveland Tuesday night down 3-1, it could be a death sentence.

Michael Saver 5/08/2010 07:26:00 PM Edit
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  1. tb727 says:

    Good article Mike- hopefully the home crowd does their part in cheering on the team.

  2. Bailey says:

    Nice one Mike! Doc seems composed and ready for the game, I just hope the rest of the team is...

  3. ThomasJ says:

    Reasonable thinking, Mike. Should help calm some us for now. We need game 7 fire tomorrow, especially from Pierce. Def must win. But then again I thought last night was huge and we saw the intensity of a game in February.(or Sheed on any given night)

  4. JR says:

    Yeah I find it funny how fans two days ago thought we could win the title and now they think its a season. Series is going as I expected. I predicted that we'd split the two games in Cleveland, but that Lebron wouldn't let us get up 3-1 and we'd split the two at home. Then the Cavs would win game 5 and we'd win Game 6. Finally Game 7 would be a classic. I also said Rasheed Wallace would have a game where he shot the lights out, but his effort would remain the same.

    Now if we lose Game 4... then we're screwed. lol. That said i always have hope. The Red Sox have won three in a row in the playoffs several times.

    I can't imagine the Celtics not coming out with full effort for Game 4. I mean they're "Team Inconsistency." The bad news is that when they look good one game they often stink up the joint the next. The good news is when they play pathetic like Friday night, they often bounce back after they've been counted out.

    Pierce has to show up eventually right?

  5. Anonymous says:

    a nicely written piece. however the second score in the recap for our worst loss should read 124-95. as bad as it sounds to correct.

  6. Bohemian says:

    I think it may be better to lose by 29 than by 3 because when teams get beaten like that then normally that motivates more the next game. Maybe this has been the last game in which we show up flat like that and from now on they will be more inspired.

    Some other thoughts:

    1. Pierce can't play worse. I mean, he hasn't showed up in these series yet and we are still in the fight so with him we could turn this around

    2. I expect another good game from Sheed

    3. Ray Allen had his bad shooting day. It won't repeat itself

    4. KG and Rondo are playing great, I expect even better performance from KG today

    5. I predicted a huge game by Lebron (gm3) and a game won by the refs (gm1) as Cavs wins. We are still in my predictions that we would win 4-2 ;)

    6. If we win today it's like starting a new series to 3 games. We need to win 2 out of 3 and we will advance :)

    7. We need to win today, and we need the fans to show up too!!! Go C's!

  7. RE: anonymous, 11:58pm. Haha oops,,FIXED!

  8. Jenda says:

    Ray Allen will show up today, that is for certain.

  9. Jenda says:

    Oh, in that case it's "Ray Allen is going to show up", right? lol

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