One more win. Don’t get me wrong, it will be the toughest win that these Celtic players and coaches will ever have to get it. But still, one more win. This is the same team that was too old. Too injured. Too inconsistent. They finished the second half of the season with a record under .500. Went 3-7 over their final ten games. Limped into the playoffs without a set rotation. They almost played themselves out of home court advantage for the first round; barely hanging on to the number four seed.
They tore through the first 3 rounds of the NBA Playoffs. In their path they beat 3 out of the 5 All-NBA First Teamers in Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Dwight Howard. Aside from one monster game each from the aforementioned three, the Celtics defense has made them look like Quentin Richardson, Shannon Brown and Eric Dampier.
The thing that has made this run so rewarding has been the fact that it came out of nowhere. I consider myself an optimist when it comes to this Celtics team because I have watched enough basketball to know that veteran teams that play together are a very hard out in the Playoffs. But this; I couldn’t have ever predicted they would be one game away from another title.
Currently leading the NBA Finals 3 games to 2, the Celtics have showed more heart and togetherness than their counterparts from Tinsel Town. The scary thing is that Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen have only played one good game this whole series and are both due for a breakout game. Things could get ugly in Game 6 on Tuesday night as the Lakers will be fighting for their lives. One thing we learned through these playoffs however, is that the Celtics will come out fighting as well. One more win.