Beat the Heat (and other Boston Celtics playoff thoughts)

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“So we met once more.”

It's straight out of a film script. The Boston Celtics will as soon as once more face the Miami Warmth within the NBA playoffs. That is giving me many conflicting feelings.

On the one hand, that is the proper alternative for revenge. They ousted us final 12 months and we are able to (and will) repay them this 12 months. Maybe that motivation for revenge will maintain this crew from getting overconfident and outscoring the opponent as they could have accomplished when going through the Chicago Bulls.

Alternatively, this Warmth crew isn't excellent and with out Jimmy Butler, they need to barely register as a velocity bump on this 12 months's model of the Celtics. Boston's objectives on this 12 months's playoffs are very huge and they’re going to simply need to put within the work to advance to the subsequent spherical. If something, they need to deal with doing fast work on this sequence in order that they will relaxation and put together for the subsequent sequence.

Boston Celtics (102) vs.  Miami Heat (128) at Kasia Center

Photograph by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe through Getty Photographs

Alternatively, metaphorically, if the previous has taught us something, it's to respect Erik Spoelstra. He's going to throw every part he can consider on the Celtics. That may maintain them energetic and maintain issues attention-grabbing. If the Celtics aren't centered or have a nasty taking pictures night time they might even steal the sport. And oh boy, will the warmth stream like lava over the scorched earth. However this Celtics crew is prepared for it and if something, they might get some good “clutch time” reps early within the playoffs.

Then on the opposite metallic hand of Common Grievous, the playoffs are lastly starting. The most effective Celtics crew since 2009 has been on the seashore for over a month now. He circled the sphere and handled the final a part of the season as an prolonged follow. The lengthy checklist of statistics that show how particular this crew was this season is enjoyable, however finally, none of it issues anymore. It was all prelude to what this season will probably be remembered for. The Celtics can lastly lock down and develop the X-Wings in assault mode.

Win the title and plenty of tales will change eternally. That's the one factor that issues at this level. There's quite a lot of expertise on this roster, too. The core gamers of this crew understand how tough it’s to get near that objective and fall brief. Jure Vacation is aware of how onerous it’s to complete a job. Porzingis is aware of how tough it’s to win on this league so he’s keen to play any position in serving to this crew win. Mazzulla will do something (and I imply something) to win the title.

This crew is prepared. They’ve one objective. Warmth is simply step one towards that objective.

Let's go, Celtics!

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