After Gordon Hayward tragically broke his foot back in October, ironically against the Cavs, it seemed like all was lost. But Coach Brad Stevens rallied his team together and rattled off sixteen straight wins.
After Kyrie Irving announced that he would be out for the rest of playoffs because of surgery, home court advantage looked pointless. But, Boston pushed through a seven game series with the Milwaukee Bucks, dominated a five game series against the upstart 76ers, and took King James to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. They were basically a couple of threes away from finally getting past the best player of our generation.
A rejuvenated fan base rode their beloved team to a 10-0 home playoff record before Game 7. The Garden felt different than in recent years. There was a certain energy within the building that hasn’t been experienced since the Larry Bird era.
Terry Rozier credited the Boston fans multiple times for lifting them up throughout the season, and in a postgame interview with Michele Steele after Game 2 against Cleveland, Rozier stated that the Celtics needed everything they could get from the fans to win that game. Not to mention, the C’s came back down eleven, and won by thirteen. LeBron started with 21 in the first quarter of that contest, but only put up 20 the rest of the game after Boston went on their run.
Something about this marvelous journey will always be remembered. Even with multiple guys in only their first or second years, the Celtics still played like seasoned veterans. They represented the city of champions in the best possible way, and left a legacy that will always be remembered by me, and fans everywhere. Their performance was inspiring for kids who looked up to someone like Jayson Tatum or Al Horford.