it honestly feels like a decent amount of posters will just be flat out relieved if/when the celtics lose so they can release a "i told you so" or something to the effect. It is weird.
Don't think so really. They have far exceeded expectations. Just think when you get up 2-0 on the team and the guy that has been a thorn in your side so many years...you start to believe a little more it might happen. Then you play poorly in 2 games and more of a reality settles in.
Also the fact James has killed the Cs...even in Boston...makes me a bit concerned. But whatever happens, this team has been super with all they have been through. Can't wait to get everyone back.
This about sums it up for me.
I felt that they should beat Milwaukee regardless of which Cs were injured, because Milwaukee just isn't that good a team; once they beat the Bucks, I thought, "Cool. Whatever happens now against Philly (a better team than Milwaukee, IMO) is just gravy."
But then they took a 2-0 lead on Philly. At that point I decided that the Celtics should beat Philly regardless of which Cs were injured, because this Boston team is better than that Philly team. Once they beat Philly, I thought, "Cool. Whatever happens now against Cleveland (a better team than Philly, IMO) is just gravy."
But then they took a 2-0 lead on Cleveland. At that point, I decided that the Celtics should beat Cleveland regardless of which Cs were injured, because (LeBron notwithstanding) this Boston team is better than this Cleveland team. The non-LeBron Cavs are mostly old and/or one-dimensional players who have no business being able to call themselves "conference champs."
So yes, in one sense the Cs are playing with house money.
But on the other hand, they've shown that they can be the best team in the East if they just play their game and don't get all deer-in-the-headlights with LeBron.
So, I am believing that the Cs can win this series (I voted for it to go 7 games)—and this is coming from someone who has often been quite cynical about this team throughout the regular season (too many bad shots from Smart, too much underwhelming play from Horford, digging too many early (and big) deficits, etc.). I know that they can do it; it's just a matter of "will they?"
If they lose the series, I'll be disappointed. There's just no getting around that for me. But even if that happens, I'm going to do my best to hold on to all of the positives from this season, while looking forward to the Hayward-Irving Celtics squashing everybody next season.