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Offbeat With the NBA Finals in reach, young Celtics miss opportunity

07:55  28 may  2018
07:55  28 may  2018 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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In the end, the young Celtics looked . . . young. They got tight. They couldn’t put the staggering Cavaliers to bed. They couldn’t stop the indomitable LeBron James. And then they collapsed altogether.

We are not supposed to be disappointed. This was supposed to be a “house money” series. The Celtics never expected to get this far after they lost Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving during the regular season. But then they made it to the conference finals. And took a 3-2 series lead. Finally, they took a 12-point lead in the seventh game on their own court.

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But we are disappointed. It was there. It was winnable. It was a chance to make it to the NBA Finals a year ahead of the plan. It was the best possible audition for this young team.

But it unraveled in a hail of missed shots and lost opportunities as the annoying and dominating King James and Cavs bested the Celtics, 87-79, on Sunday night. The Celtics did not register a basket for over five consecutive minutes at the end of the fourth quarter. All of New England watched helplessly while LeBron carried his over-the-hill gang into the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season. It will be LeBron’s eighth consecutive Finals. He’s the only non-Celtic to turn that trick.

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So we are not supposed to be disappointed, but we are.

The Celtics are the ones that are always suppose to win Game 7. If Reggie Jackson is Mr. October and Joe DiMaggio was Mr. Coffee, then the Boston Celtics are Mr. Game 7.

Sunday night’s showdown at the Garden was the 32nd Game 7 in Boston’s franchise history. The Celtics came into the night with a 23-8 record in Game 7s, including a 20-4 mark on the fabled parquet floor.

With the Garden crowd in strong, ear-splitting voice, shaking the tracks of the rail station below, the young Celtics raced to a 12-point second-quarter lead, furnishing hope that this surprise team might make it all the way to the NBA Finals. James appeared to be the only force that could stop the Celtics. Boston led, 43-39 at intermission. It was enough to make any Celtic fan nervous.

The notion that this Green edition — playing without its two best players — could make it to the NBA Finals was akin to watching the no-name Patriots of 2001-2002 winning their first Super Bowl in New Orleans. A Celtic conference title would have represented a continuation of the High Renaissance of Boston sports (10 Duck Boat parades) in this century.

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And it would have been be a fitting homage to the Celtics of old who were masters of Game 7. The Celtics never lost a Game 7 when Bill Russell roamed the NBA earth. en route to 11 championships in 13 professional seasons,

The first time the Celtics lost a Game 7 was in the spring of 1973 when John Havlicek (shoulder injury) played with one arm and the Celts were beaten by the Knicks.

LeBron was the theme of this Game 7 in every hardcourt hamlet outside of New England. Playing alongside a cast of questionables, The King improved to 6-2 in Game 7s, including six straight wins.

This was Boston’s first appearance in the conference finals since that game and Celtic fans were hungry for a return to the NBA Finals against the winner of Monday night’s Warriors-Rockets Game 7 in Houston.

“I’m sure there’s always butterflies before any game, but I think we’ve seen over and over with this group that we have a lot of guys that are built for that and they’re excited about it,’’ said Celtic coach Brad Stevens.

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He delivered though, scoring 19 points and adding eight rebounds.

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“If we play the way we’re capable of playing we’ll be fine,’’ said Cleveland coach (and LeBron valet), Tyronn Lue. “We’ll try to take the crowd out of it early.’’

Cleveland failed in that mission as Tatum shot the Celtics to an 11-4 lead in the first four minutes and forced a Lue timeout.

There were at least 30 members of the Red Sox and Patriots on the premises and Paul Pierce sat in a baseline seat next to Bob Kraft. The Garden was loud.

Boston led, 26-18 at the end of one period. James had 12 in the quarter. The Celtics stretched their lead to 12 (35-23) in the second as Cleveland missed 13 of its first 14 three pointers. The Cavs cut it to 4 by halftime. Incredibly, LeBron was tagged for two charging fouls and never came out of the game in the first half.

But Boston folded entirely in the fourth. After Tatum’s 3-pointer made it 72-71 with 6:04 remaining and the Celtics went into a cold spell that never ended.

They finished by hitting just 34.1 shots from the floor, and were just 7 for 39 from beyond the arc.

And now they are done for the season while LeBron and the Cavs are led to slaughter out west.

It is not supposed to be disappointing.

But it is.

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