It happened! It actually happened! The Boston Celtics are heading to the NBA Finals! I feel like Dan “Greenie” Greenberg from Barstool Sports, where I want to just type a whole paragraph in capital letters right now. But I obviously won’t. But I’m just so happy that this team did it. What a journey is has been for the 2021-2022 Boston Celtics. From being 11th in the East to the NBA Finals, this is one of the greatest in season turnarounds in NBA history. Let’s look at the Boston Celtics journey to the NBA Finals in a little more detail.
The Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals after a 23-25 start
We have to remember that the Celtics were once under .500 this season. Not only that, they were under .500 more than halfway through the season. After that, the Celtics went 28-6 in their last 34 games. Think about that for a second. They won 82% of their games for the rest of the season. Did we think that was possible when RJ Barrett banked a three at Madison Square Garden at the buzzer to beat the Celtics? No, we didn’t. But like Jaylen Brown said, the energy was about to shift and boy did it shift!
Al Horford’s first NBA Finals
Al Horford let it all out after reaching his first NBA Finals 🙏 pic.twitter.com/POyjJv7FcK
— ESPN (@espn) May 30, 2022
This is the guy that I am the happiest for in all of this. Al Horford went 15 seasons without reaching the NBA Finals. Now, he gets his Finals appearance in his 16th year. Horford was so big for this team throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. They don’t win the Milwaukee series without him. Horford is so huge from a defensive and rebounding standpoint. But his professionalism and his veteran leadership are immeasurable for this Celtics team. They need that veteran guy in the locker room to help the young guys, and Horford provides that. You can’t help but be happy for Big Al!
The Boston Celtics meet the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals
Now comes the final test, the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics have proven they can match up well with Gold State. These two teams split the regular season series, with the road team winning each game. I love this matchup for everyone involved. You have the Warriors dynamic offense against the Celtics overbearing defense. Steph Curry vs. Jayson Tatum. Klay Thompson vs. Jaylen Brown. You get the idea! The series will be a lot of fun. Let’s just hope it’s competitive. So congrats to the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics! But, there’s more work to do.
–Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793 on Twitter)
Featured Image Credit: nba.com
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