Guys, they played last night without Tatum, without TL and without Horford. It wasn't like they were missing one guy, and they were coming off a back to back double overtime game with travel mixed in. If just one of those guys plays, Evan Mobley isn't going for 25 and 17 and eating us up in the lane. If one of those guys plays, a dude named Lamar Stevens isn't coming in and going 8/8 for a +18 in 17 minutes down the stretch. The reality is the Celtics ran out to a lead, and when I say 'ran," I mean that in the very literal sense. They got winded, and left it all out there and couldn't finish. It happens. Jaylen played 92 minutes in 2 nights over 9.25 quarters of basketball. Smart played 76, White played 67. Grant only played 16, because he played 44 the night before and they worked their asses off early, and faded late. If Mike Muscala and Luke Kornet are playing a combined 54 minutes on the road in the playoffs against the #4 seed, we'll probably lose, but they won't, so the handwringing is insane. I hate moral victories, but last night is about as close to one as you can get.
If Brogdon suits up the other night against the Knicks, does anyone think that game even sees overtime?
I mean, Jesus, I'm not usually the rosy optimist about stuff, but it's a looooooong season, and ruts happen. But this team has had almost zero minutes this year with their entire team playing together. Maybe TL never gets there, but every other night, we've got one of Smart or Jaylen or Brogdon or Tatum or Horford out of the lineup. I'd rather go into the playoffs as a healthy #3 seed than a beaten up, broken down #1 seed, but that's just me. This team can play with anyone in the league, otherwise, they wouldn't be going to overtime in games like this, or losing to the Bucks in a nail biter with essentially zero starters playing, the games would be over before that, and for me personally, I don't think they've played the best ball we're going to see from them this year.