Ho hum, the Boston Celtics won a game they had no business winning. It’s far from the first time this has happened, and, yet, every time it still causes a head shake and eye blink. The Celtics did what? With who?
On Wednesday, we landed right back in the same situation.
Boston trailed the Utah Jazz, 94-88, with 2:25 left in the game, and that really should have been it. Utah is a surging playoff team that is sitting in the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference — they have a small lead over the next two games, but not enough to screw around. The Celtics, meanwhile, continue to play without Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart. Hours before Wednesday’s game, it was announced Al Horford and Marcus Morris would both miss the game, too — they each have sprained ankles.
One more bucket from the Jazz in that final two-and-a-half minutes, and it might have been the dagger. Or if they could just keep the pseudo-Celtics from scoring three times, that would work equally well. Instead, Utah missed their final five shots while allowing Boston to finish the game on a 7-0 run. Here’s how it ended.