Celtics vs. Warriors: Boston may still be NBA champions, but it should show us something

There may be more hope Boston Celtics. But the best opportunity to claim another banner is definitely in the past.

Of course, yes, of course – if you run homecourt on Thursday night’s Game 6 and then go to San Francisco and then record W, technically Boston can win the series. WarriorsSunday night home game in the 7th game.

However, they find themselves on the verge of elimination because they came here to betray the setback and the rise of star-squashing defense. Shut Down, and pushing past, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antodocounbo and Jimmy Butler are fantastic hits. The handling of Steff Curry – and the real, brutal, rare, surprising result of the attempt to win the NBA title – is completely different.

Call it pressure. Say that fear. Call it the moment that separates the talented from the winners and the experts from the champions. Whatever it is, Curry & Co. It has beaten the Celtics in the last two games as it did.

Especially in Game 4, when the Warriors gave the Celtics victory on the silver plate. It could not be accepted by Jason Todd, Jaylan Brown and their team.

Like in Game 4, the Celtics went back and forth in the fourth quarter of Game 5 to a point after a tough match. Unlike in Game 4, Curry could not beat them with one hand. They did it well for themselves.

In Game 4, Boston had a 3-1 lead in the series and that all made sense. Then the curry happened, and on the other side of the 17-3 Warriors we sat down 2-2 to finish that game. Well. The series is even more so. Going against GOATs means you have to deal with those big shows; The key is how to deal with the storm. But defeat in Game 5 determined Carrie’s death: 16 points, 0-to-9 night from the 3-point line, and no heroics in the fourth quarter.

Curry may have beaten them a few days ago, but it was the Celtics, again nervous, trembling, and unknowingly beating themselves up. They have four fourth-quarter turnover coughs. They shot 27 percent from the field and 25 percent rotten from behind the curve. Todd and Brown together left the field 2-for-9. They broke.

To win the next two games, they have to do a lot more than beat the Warriors and its all-time best star. The Celtics will have to overcome one of the last two trips in their last two tours to transform the NBA’s top team within themselves in the fourth quarter.

Compared to those who have competed and won NBA Championships in the past, their defeats have come against different Warriors – less so.

Kevin Durant has no one to bail the Warriors on a curry off-night. Clay Thompson is mediocre and elegant, Tremond Green is awkward and so oscillates between. Jordan Poole has long been a G-league again. Andrew Wiggins was great, of course, but if you can not beat a team in the NBA Finals one night to be Wiggins’ best player, you’re in big trouble.

Curry is curry, yes, he had an unusual Monday night. But Curry will respond with skillful nights of glorious crime, historically dominating the worst games in the playoffs.

“Now, that’s good for us,” Green said after the game, having seen this story before. “He went from 3 to 9 to 9. He’s going to be excited in Game 6. That’s what we need.”

There are a lot of Xs and Os that you can read, and there are a lot of numbers that can tell the story of the big sample sizes and statistical facts of these two teams. To reflect on what they have done best over the long run of a series they have to win, there are games Boston can do, and so on.

But as two-time NBA champion Isaiah Thomas told me, all of those things go out the window when the pressure becomes too high. “The pressure is real,” he said. “Some players, some great players, can handle it. Some can’t.”

But the real answer to how Boston wins this thing is simple and twofold: don’t let the curry beat you, don’t beat yourself up.

In the first one: good luck. Curry, as I wrote, is about to end his career as a Top-5 All-Time Player, who is often underestimated for all-time talent and will receive the outstanding amount he owes after the fact. But he was the best player in the series, he showed that he would definitely win a game, and in Game 5 his teammates started to offer the help he used. Curry, like Green said, will be excited Thursday night, and he’s going to be dangerous.

But the second point indicates why the series ended: no team can win the championship, and if they get close to it, they will quickly fade. And the Celtics are not a star ready to capture the moment, playing hot potatoes, turning the ball – in its closing moments with a ring of nerves and anxiety and bad game.

Tatum has been out for most of the series. Brown had several dull second halves. Marcus Smart did not fill that void. You can only ask Al Harford and Derrick White to save the day only once in the fourth quarter of the NBA Final – once you feel more than once.

The Celtics have a chance on Thursday night, and head coach Ime Udoka pointed out that they will be in this perfect position, 3-2 down and facing elimination, this season against last year’s champions, Milwaukee Bucks.

But the playoffs are all about basketball adjustments, and one thing Boston has to do, we have yet to see what they have done: something as rare as a championship, the ability to capture the series under an intense sense of hope and fear. Presents itself.

We saw enough that the step curry could. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are still trying to understand how to fit him in when it is important.

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