To call that a blown opportunity would be insulting blown opportunities everywhere. If the Celtics hadn’t completely fallen off a cliff and died on impact after seizing an early 12-0 lead, this series would be 3-1 and for all intents and purposes over. The Sixers did whatever they could during the first half to hand this one to Boston. They missed free throws like a bunch of Shaqs, shot 23 percent from the field and were clearly laying motionless on the ground, waiting for the Celtics to jump off the top ropes and end this game with a devastating People’s Elbow. But the Celtics didn’t capitalize. Instead the Sixers regrouped in the second half and have all the confidence in the world returning to Boston.
In the final two quarters, the Celtics got beat to every loose ball, got outrebounded by who-knows-how-many (if I look that stat up right now I might throw my computer out the window), and allowed approximately 47,365,287 open shots, layups or dunks.
The series is now 2-2. It shouldn’t be.