A steal for the (almost win)
No big win is complete without a little bit of luck. For the Boston Celtics, that bit came down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
Philly was going to win the game if they got an open shot. The shot clock was off and they were at home in a must-win game. If J.J. Redick, Marco Belinelli, or Joel Embiid got open, that shot was falling no matter what.
Instead, the Celtics didn’t need to do much to stop the Sixers offense. Redick took care of that himself. He attempted a pass that only he knew was being thrown, Terry Rozier picked it off, Jaylen Brown scored, and the Celtics led by two with 1.7 seconds left.
If the game had been over right there, it would have gone down as one of the biggest flubs in NBA playoff history. Instead, the play only indirectly helped the Celtics win. Belinelli hit the corner two, the whole confetti thing happened (a bad omen for the Sixers), and Boston would go on to win in overtime.
But that probably doesn’t happen if not for a stupid turnover by a smart player in Redick.