Boston Celtics Dominican Al Horford, Jason Tatum and Marcus Smart are looking for the first franchise in NBA history to come from 0-3 in the playoffs after the second victory against the Miami Heat this Thursday, which set the series. at 2-3 This challenge will be on Saturday when they try to dominate in Miami and bring the series back to Boston on Monday in the seventh and decisive game.
Joe Mazzulla stuck to the epic Celtics and added the first victory in the NBA Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday, after losing three games against the Heat (99-116). They won in Miami at the Kaseya Center and took the series to TD Garden for Game 5, which they won (110-97) on Thursday, Game 6 and a chance to make history.
The odds were based on a historic and unprecedented comeback by Al Horford’s Celtics. However, the Boston Greens have experience in comebacks, specifically on two occasions with a 1-3 record. Both in the Playoffs, in the Conference Finals, both against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jason Tatum considers Al Horford one of his leaders within the team
They returned for the first time in 1968, ending the series winning 4-3 and capturing the NBA title. They did it for the second time in the 1981 season and were NBA champions.
Another curious fact, but none the less pleasing. The Celtics have yet to lose a game this season to face elimination: they already have 4 in that category (no losses) and the Nuggets have a 6-game playoff record in 2020.
Al Horford, on the hunt for Ortiz’s “epic”.
On the sports level, the city of Boston has a distinguished history with comebacks. In 2004, the Red Sox, MLB, could rise from 3-0 against the New York Yankees with the Dominican David Ortiz as the main figure; It became the first squad to do so after 103 years of franchise history.
That team, with Dominican as the MVP, came out strong at Fenway Park, winning Games 4 and 5 and silencing more than 55,000 spectators at Yankee Stadium in episodes 6 and 7 of the memorable series.
David Ortiz and Al Horford have a very close relationship
Also at that time an unusual thing happened to the major leagues. The Red Sox advanced in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, beating them 4-0 to celebrate their first title since 1918.
Can compatriot Al Horford and his Celtics rival David Ortiz and his Red Sox? “The Great Pope” was referring to himself with his patriot in October 2022. “Al (Horford) is the type of person who is a leader. He doesn’t talk much, but he does things and shows that he is a leader. He certainly communicates very well with his teammates.”
“The Great Pope” is very aware of the Celtics
And for the Celtics, David Ortiz He sent them a message on Monday “Yes, and there will be no better time than now for that to happen (…) If you do it in basketball, it must be in the same city. You know what I’m talking about.”