The Algebra of “As Good As It Gets”: Cavs earn Game 7 showdown
A Brad Stevens-coached Boston Celtic squad will wrap up its eighth playoff series tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The young coach will be leading his team into a “win-or-go-home” contest for the sixth time, the third against this opponent and its surpassing star.
All half-dozen of those do-or-die games, ironically, have been scheduled for the TD Garden – two others have been ultimate seventh games in which both teams’ seasons were on the line. The C’s emerged victorious both times, over Milwaukee last month and the Wizards last year.
Al Horford’s Hawks turned back the C’s (Game 6, 2016), as well as these Cavs (Game 4, 2015; Game 5, 2017), bringing down the curtain on the past three seasons of growth and development.
“Wonder Boy” Brad has had his club on the fast-track to the top since Day 1, striving to attain proper and intelligent play – every game an opportunity to learn how to win.
And his Celtics have (at least) “one more to grow on.”