6/9 - Finals Game B vs. DAL - 48 > 40

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This was the scene on Thursday--an absolutely electric Garden hyped for game one. When about eight minutes into warmups the Jumbotron showed KP walking down the hallway and onto the court, the entire place erupted. I'm guessing they showed it on TV, but I doubt it did the experience justice. From tip-off until they pulled the starters, the place was rocking--even when the lead got down to eight (more on this and the thread title in a moment). The cheap but necessary joke is that I had to do my part to ensure the game would be sold out, but really I was fulfilling a childhood dream of seeing the Celtics play in the NBA Finals. When we first got a VCR, the only videocassette I would want to rent at this mom-n-pop rental store in Cambridge was Pride and Passion, the retrospective on the 1984 Celtics (side note: you can find it on YouTube, you just have to deal with the distraction of Spanish subtitles). Of course my parents and siblings had other preferences, but I wanted to see Gerald Henderson steal the ball and an exasperated Pat Riley call timeout after a Celtics run. This was that experience all over again, and I'm hoping tonight's crowd not only sells out but brings the same energy.

About getting that lead down to eight. I was actively reminding myself during the ballooning 29 point lead that Dallas had a run in them, and sure enough they did. For about eight minutes--the final :45 of the second quarter and the first 7:00+ of the third quarter, Dallas came roaring back, and had they not missed a couple decent looks after Joe called timeout, could've had it within three. Whereas last year's Joe Mazzulla might not have called that timeout, this year's Joe did, so kudos to him. The Mavericks had the talent for a run, but it was aided by the fact that the C's failed to stay dialed in. During those eight minutes they weren't attacking the rim, they weren't keeping pace, and they were settling for bad shots while not locking down on defense. As we know, they eventually snapped out of it and proceeded to put the game away.

The Mavs do not want to go down 2-0. They are going to come tonight with everything they have, and we probably can't count on another subpar performance from Kyrie Irving. So tonight, remember that 48 > 40--instead of 40 minutes of lights out basketball, we need all 48 minutes. I don't suggest this is easy--the physical toll is bad enough, but the mental toll of being "on" for 48 action-packed minutes is draining by itself. Do that, and we head to Dallas up 2-0.

Injuries
BOS - No injuries to report
DAL - Luka Dončić (PROBABLE - knee/ankle)

Logistics
8:00p EDT tip at the Garden. ABC/ESPN Radio/98.5 FM/SiriusXM 86 (Celtics), 212 (Mavericks), 80 (National).

WIN.
 

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Part of me wants the Celts to show up in “He’s the Ace” and “I’m the Ace” warmups. But this version of the team is shutting out all the distractions that Kidd and the Mavs are desperately tossing out there. It’s all business. It’s ruthless and relentless execution. Yes, there are smiles (KP‘s wattage last game was blinding) but only after they put in the work.

Yes, the other side is talented. That is not enough.

The 2024 Celtics are a wagon. Keep rolling. Win game B.
 

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Part of me wants the Celts to show up in “He’s the Ace” and “I’m the Ace” warmups. But this version of the team is shutting out all the distractions that Kidd and the Mavs are desperately tossing out there. It’s all business. It’s ruthless and relentless execution. Yes, there are smiles (KP‘s wattage last game was blinding) but only after they put in the work.

Yes, the other side is talented. That is not enough.

The 2024 Celtics are a wagon. Keep rolling. Win game B.
They should all wear v for vendetta masks
 

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Crossing off attending a Celtics Finals game off the bucket list tonight. MANGLE THE MAVS.
Same and bringing along my father and my 10 year old daughter. We are going to heed Jaylen’s advice and get loud. Defenestrate Dallas!
 

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Please let Luka play. The takes will be so beyond insufferable if he doesn’t play. I know everyone here will say who cares, but as someone who loves basketball & follows it on TV, online, podcasts etc it is unavoidable to tune it all out.

Luka play and us win anyway that’s the stuff.
 

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Typically a day-of downgrade is a very bad sign, but I just have to agree with you guys it's more likely windowdressing than real
 

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Lots of money still being bet on DAL according to this: https://www.sportsbettingdime.com/news/nba/mavericks-vs-celtics-public-betting-splits-money-percentages-game2-june9/.

DAL getting 52% of ATS bets but 61% of handle and 10% of money line bets but 41% (?!?) of the money line handle. And as the article points out, even though both BOS and DAL have drastically reduced their pace in the playoffs ("Boston dropping from 97.98 in the regular season to just 92.52 in the postseason, and Dallas slowing from 100.60 to 93.61 in the playoffs."), 86% of wagers (82% of handle) are on the over.

If I were a betting person, I'd definitely be on under.
 

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Dude is going to be limping after his first miss. He’s a drama king.
 

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Lots of money still being bet on DAL according to this: https://www.sportsbettingdime.com/news/nba/mavericks-vs-celtics-public-betting-splits-money-percentages-game2-june9/.

DAL getting 52% of ATS bets but 61% of handle and 10% of money line bets but 41% (?!?) of the money line handle. And as the article points out, even though both BOS and DAL have drastically reduced their pace in the playoffs ("Boston dropping from 97.98 in the regular season to just 92.52 in the postseason, and Dallas slowing from 100.60 to 93.61 in the playoffs."), 86% of wagers (82% of handle) are on the over.

If I were a betting person, I'd definitely be on under.
I’ve got money on Dallas to win the series. I had money on them to win game one and even added another bet when the Celtics built a huge lead. I’ve got money on Dallas tonight, and will probably add another wager on them to take the series.

I don’t believe Dallas will win and I hope I lose every $ I bet on this series, but I’m too vested in this Celtics team to come away with nothing if they lose. I’m going to console myself with some steak dinners and single malts. The loss to Golden State would pale in comparison to watching this group lose.

That said, I doubt this is the typical profile of those wagering on Dallas.
 

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Please let Luka play. The takes will be so beyond insufferable if he doesn’t play. I know everyone here will say who cares, but as someone who loves basketball & follows it on TV, online, podcasts etc it is unavoidable to tune it all out.

Luka play and us win anyway that’s the stuff.
Embrace it. So much of the national fanbase hates the Celtics, and it kills them to see stars miss games against Boston. Laugh at their pain, and if need be, point out that including the regular season, the Celtics are 13-3 (so far) against Butler/Mitchell/Haliburton/Luka when those guys actually play.
 

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Embrace it. So much of the national fanbase hates the Celtics, and it kills them to see stars miss games against Boston. Laugh at their pain, and if need be, point out that including the regular season, the Celtics are 13-3 (so far) against Butler/Mitchell/Haliburton/Luka when those guys actually play.
While true, we're nowhere near Yankees/Patriots/Duke hate. (and I have no clue who the most hated NHL team is? MTL? TOR even though haven't won anything since the Paleozoic? DET? CHI?)

I was sitting between 2 sets of fans yesterday at Savannah Bananas, both Yankees/Celtics combo fans. One set from Syracuse, another from Hartford.
 

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I’ll take Luka not playing and any win, though I have a feeling Kyrie and some random (Kliebr?) would go off and keep it competitive, because this is the NBA and it’s just what happens. Too much talent.
 

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Is Dragic suiting up??

But who is this Nick Wright dude? Random expert?
He’s head of one or the “Big 3” Hot Takes talk shows. Notorious Boston hater and Chiefs superfan. He’s there to back up his “Mavs in 5” prediction.
 

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Is Dragic suiting up??

But who is this Nick Wright dude? Random expert?
Someone who lives rent free in sports fans heads because he says trolly things and people can't help but react. Sadly, Wright is smarter than the folks he is pissing off.

If people ignored these gatekeepers who aren't lending any unique perspectives we would all be better off but people have to take the bait.
 

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The Mavs defense without Luka would be much more challenging. The Pacers were incrementally better without Haliburton.
 

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He’s head of one or the “Big 3” Hot Takes talk shows. Notorious Boston hater and Chiefs superfan. He’s there to back up his “Mavs in 5” prediction.
Reading his wiki now. Lol. Is this like if Glenn Ordway got a tv gig
He just worked as some tv studio asssistant person and then worked his way up. I cannot tell a lick of sports playing / coaching experience from wiki
 

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I’ve got money on Dallas to win the series. I had money on them to win game one and even added another bet when the Celtics built a huge lead. I’ve got money on Dallas tonight, and will probably add another wager on them to take the series.

I don’t believe Dallas will win and I hope I lose every $ I bet on this series, but I’m too vested in this Celtics team to come away with nothing if they lose. I’m going to console myself with some steak dinners and single malts. The loss to Golden State would pale in comparison to watching this group lose.

That said, I doubt this is the typical profile of those wagering on Dallas.
Emotional hedges are the best kind of hedges although if I were you, I'd lay off the single game bets and just take the Mavs to win the series. No need to drop money when BOS sweeps. :bagd:
 

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The only fucking thing that matters is the boys looking at one another tonight and knowing the following truth:
"What ever you need from me, I got you."

You ready JT? Good, cause you're going!
You ready Jalen? Good, cause you're going!
You ready Jrue? Good, cause you're going!
You ready D-White? Good, cause youre going!
You ready Al? Good cause you're going!

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I was sitting between 2 sets of fans yesterday at Savannah Bananas, both Yankees/Celtics combo fans. One set from Syracuse, another from Hartford.
I presume you have little kids because that is the only reason I can think of to attend one of their “games”.

And yes, I was also there at Fenway yesterday, but only because the owners mom is a friend.The place was packed, mostly with people wearing their gear, many of whom were NOT kids, but they all seemed to be having a good time. All of which makes zero sense to me.

My wife and I left as early as we gracefully could, and consoled ourselves at the Eastern Standard bar.

EDIT: Oh, and pound Kyrie’s smug face again, please, on the way to a 193-7 victory.
 

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The only fucking thing that matters is the boys looking at one another tonight and knowing the following truth:
"What ever you need from me, I got you."

You ready JT? Good, cause you're going!
You ready Jalen? Good, cause you're going!
You ready Jrue? Good, cause you're going!
You ready D-White? Good, cause youre going!
You ready Al? Good cause you're going!

@CraveCanada's video Tweet's video Tweet
Set the tone now boys!
 

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I presume you have little kids because that is the only reason I can think of to attend one of their “games”.

And yes, I was also there at Fenway yesterday, but only because the owners mom is a friend.The place was packed, mostly with people wearing their gear, many of whom were NOT kids, but they all seemed to be having a good time. All of which makes zero sense to me.

My wife and I left as early as we gracefully could, and consoled ourselves at the Eastern Standard bar.

EDIT: Oh, and pound Kyrie’s smug face again, please, on the way to a 193-7 victory.
Nope.
No kids, it's not baseball, it's not a game, but it's very fun if you don't take it seriously and instead a spectacle. Soundtrack very Swift and Britney-laced, which I loved. And also helps the fun, when you ignore the merch.

Maul the Mavs!
 

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If Luka plays, he needs some Rick Mahorn defense early on.