Losing a playoff series is nothing new for the Boston Celtics. They lost 3-2 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals and then lost 2-1 to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The feeling of pressure with their back against the wall is definitely unsettling at times, but the Celtics are confident in their ability to tie the NBA Finals 3-3 and secure a decisive Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors.
The team had a practice session ahead of their media appearance on Wednesday afternoon and the energy in the TD Garden spoke very well of the team’s mood for the game.
Marcus Smart was one of the first to speak to reporters after the team’s practice and is buoyant even though Thursday’s defeat marks the end of their season without a championship.
“It’s a blessed day, man. We are waking up and we have another opportunity to get out here and do what we love,” Smart said in response to the mood of the team. “Not many people have that opportunity, so for us it’s just another day. We are here in practice. We enjoy each other’s company, cheer each other on and make sure everyone is doing well.”
Coming home and playing in front of their electrified fan base could be exactly what the Celtics need after losing the last two games of this Finals series.
Stephen Curry put on a show for the Warriors at the Celtics’ home field in Game 4 to give Golden State a 2-2 tie, and in Game 5 last Monday, the Warriors swept the Celtics despite that Boston played very well defensively.
Things aren’t looking great right now in terms of the adjustments that have been made from Boston’s perspective, but back home, the Celtics seem confident in their ability to extend another playoff streak.
“I think any team, any player will tell you that you can sleep in your own bed. Back to something familiar,” Smart said in response to the Celtics’ lead in Boston. “You can go back to your routine and stuff like that, so things like that are off the court really. We all know about what happens on the court. It’s really those extrajudicial things.
“Extra rest that you probably won’t get on the road because you’re uncomfortable, adjusting to time differences and such.”
The Celtics were 20 points behind in the last two games of this series against the Warriors, and now trailing 3-2, they will have to play with a different level of energy than before.
Anything can happen in the NBA Finals, and with the Warriors already proving they can win on the road in Boston, the Celtics will have to really focus, especially on the defensive end of the floor, and get back to tackling. the advantage of the smaller team they play against, as was the case in Game 3.
Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 16 at 9:00 pm ET. on ABC. The Celtics are currently 4-point favorites with the over/under in the game currently set at 210 points. FanDuel.com.
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