Guess what guys??? The Celtics won at home tonight! This now makes the Green 7-0 at home in the postseason, a thoroughly sweet record that's still rather terrifyingly tempered by that glaring 0-5 on the road. I'm all out of words; it's been a schizophrenic postseason and honestly, if they can win in Cleveland on Friday, it'd go a whole hell of a long way towards re-securing my faith in this team as something people should take seriously. The Celtics played goddamn inspired basketball this evening, getting 29 from Pierce, 26 and 16 boards from KG, and an exquisite 20 points, 13 assists and (count 'em) one turnover from Rajon Rondo. Winning basketball is back in Boston, at least for the next day or so.
I'm sorry for the sardonic tone, but Christ, can you keep up with this? If you're looking for an added silver lining in tonight's win, here it is: the Celtics actually played well in a close game for the first time in ages. They were on the verge of being run out of the gym at several points in the first half, hung in there, then methodically took control of the game in a way that we haven't seen since the halcyon days of the regular season. Also, LeBron finally kind of went off tonight (35 points) and it didn't matter; so much for the monster hiding in the closet. Rivers looked like some sort of genius for playing Baby for 12 meaningful minutes, and the C's even weathered an uncharacteristically sluggish off-night from uber-sub James Posey.
If the Celtics play like they did tonight on Friday, we'll come away with a hard-fought six-game series win against the Cavs; nothing to scoff at, indeed. If they don't, well, at this point I honestly don't even need to finish the second part of this equation. Please, Celtics, do what we all know you can and finish this team off on the road. Please. Friday, Cleveland, 8pm. It's not too late to believe again.