The Boston Celtics have dug themselves into a deep 3-1 hole against the red-hot Miami Heat as they dropped another close game on Wednesday. Though the odds are stacked against their favor, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens knows that his team must channel their inner-Denver Nuggets and pull off another historic comeback in this year’s playoffs.
Brad Stevens on if Boston looks to Denver for motivation: “I don’t know what the historical odds are. We just have to win on Friday. We can’t win three games on Friday. We have to win one.”
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) September 24, 2020
The Nuggets, who made history this year as they came back from two consecutive 3-1 deficits against the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers, have been quite the comeback kids of this season so far. If the Stevens and his Celtics want to make it back to the NBA Finals, they might have to steal a page from the Nuggets’ playbook.
The Heat was led by 20-year old sensation Tyler Herro as the rookie torched the Celtics defense all-evening long and dropped 37 points. Jayson Tatum tried to salvage his poor first half with a hot second half as he ended the game with a team-high 28 points and added nine boards. The backcourt tandem of Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown also contributed 20 and 21 points respectively but these three Celtics combining for 69 of Boston’s 109 points weren’t able to outclass their opponents.
Instead of tying the series at 2-2, the C’s are now a loss away from packing their bags and heading out of the NBA Bubble. With their backs against the wall, Stevens and the rest of his team will have no choice but to fight against all odds. The Celtics uphill battle starts on Friday as they try to win one back in Game 5.
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