After the first quarter I was mad. The C’s were only down eight but were playing something awful. They couldn’t buy a bucket. They’d started the game down 7-0. Then they went down ten and I was getting more an more upset. To the point that I thought I’d be in bed at the half and would see how it ended in the morning.
But the C’s didn’t quit like that had in the first game. It wasn’t officiating, it was just shots not going in. At the half they’d cut the lead to two.
Wow, we have a game.
When they fell down nine again in the third I questioned myself again. Really, I’m giving up eight hours of sleep for this? Ugh. But the C’s decided to go on a run to finish the quarter and at the start of the fourth they’re up five.
Please don’t disappoint me. Please…
The Celtics dropped down six with about six minutes left and again I flip flop to the “I should be asleep” mentality. Of course Pietrus nails a three that cuts the lead in half and I’m still buying in. OK, maybe I don’t need to sleep.
Flash forward to the final minute. Celtics up one. Pierce has the ball and heaves a three. Now I’d thought as they were running up the court, a three would make it a two possession game. Pierce was ice cold from behind the line most of the game only hitting one of his five attempts. But when it counted, he nailed it.
Celtics up four.
52 seconds of basketball left with a four point lead. How long is this going to take, 10 minutes? I pondered it on Facebook for all to see.
Can we seriously make a rule against this in the NBA? How about an intentional foul in the last minute gets you five shots? Something. It’s painful to watch the last 15 minutes (time wise not game clock wise) of a close NBA game. Someone look it up and let me know, how successful is the intentional foul for the team losing?
After about 10 minutes, the Celtics win. 94-90. I go to sleep happy. Seeing that little kid, “Good job, good effort” was outstanding. The hashtag blowing up on Twitter with that phrase, even better.
Now they’ll come back to Boston tomorrow night to try and punch their ticket for the NBA Finals for the third time in the Big Three era. Here’s hoping.