BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics look fairly near being a title contender Game 6. But when they wish to expertise the NBA’s highest degree of glory, they’ve acquired to get quite a bit higher in a single necessary facet of the sport.
They’ve to shut out their opponents. They haven’t carried out so twice in opposition to the Toronto Raptors within the Japanese Convention Semis, and now the series will come right down to a winner takes all Game 7 on Friday night time.
The primary time Boston didn’t shut out the Raptors was in Game 3, when OG Anunoby drained a miraculous buzzer-beater with 0.5 seconds left. That’s how shut the Celtics have been from taking a commanding 3-Zero lead on the defending champs.
After failing to shut Toronto out a number of instances in Wednesday night time’s Sport 6, Boston fell in heartbreaking style in double extra time. The Celtics had an opportunity to win Game 6 in regulation, when Kemba Walker couldn’t convert on a layup on the buzzer/completely acquired fouled however didn’t get the decision. The group then blew a four-point lead in extra time.
Add in a 12-point first-half lead that evaporated due to one other third-quarter debacle from the Celtics, they usually know that they had their possibilities to take Game 6 and advance to the Eastern Convention Finals. Now they’ve the final word close-out forward of them, and know from expertise that something can occur in a Game 7.
Dropping Game 6 is a blow, however the Celtics aren’t going to let it crush their title hopes.
“Positively an amazing educating second for this group,” Jaylen Brown mentioned after Game 6. “We had numerous alternatives down the stretch. We didn’t maintain the ball the way in which we would have liked to. That’s nice. We’ve a recreation 7. We be ok with ourselves. Clearly, we wished the win tonight, however we’ll circle again, watch the movie, come again with an amazing spirit and prepare for Game 7. It doesn’t get significantly better than this.”
Kemba Nonetheless Assured
Toronto fully shut down Walker within the first half. He missed all three of his pictures and had simply two assists on the break. He completed the sport with simply 5 factors off 2-for-11 capturing.
“I acquired to discover a manner to assist my teammates extra. I acquired to be higher for my teammates,” he mentioned after the woeful efficiency. “We simply acquired to take a look at the movie and get higher. That’s all we are able to do.”
He stays assured that the Celtics as an entire will bounce again in Sport 7.
“Why wouldn’t I be? We’re nice gamers, we’re actually aggressive. That was a tough fought recreation proper there,” he mentioned. “We may have given up. We didn’t. We made performs all through the entire recreation, two overtimes. I’m assured. We’ve group of men and we love enjoying basketball with one another and we love making one another higher. I do know we’ll reply. We’re going to return out and play laborious once more.”
Drawing Off Expertise
This would be the fourth Game 7 for Jaylen Brown, and he’s 2-1 in these video games. Right here’s his recommendation for teammates heading into Friday night time.
“Simply breathe, firstly. Take a deep breath and play basketball,” he mentioned Wednesday. “I like to play this recreation. All of us like to play this recreation. Simply breathe and play. Come out and be the very best model of ourselves and every part will maintain itself.
“It’s a must to embrace the problem,” he continued. “That is what adversity is about. That is what basketball is about. That is what life is about. You get put in robust conditions and you may’t complain. Some days don’t go your manner, however you rise up and combat tomorrow. I’m trying ahead to getting again with the fellows, circling again. I’m trying ahead to shootaround and movie and every part, as a result of it’s all a part of embracing the problem. That’s what we’ve got to do, embrace it so we are able to come again and provides every part for Game 7.”
Game 7 will tip off shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday night time.